Unrecognised but unbowed, Somaliland youth carry the flag

Beneath the defiant flag of their self-declared republic, young Somalilanders considered life as fresh university graduates in their unrecognised homeland — a country in name only, proud but alone in the Horn of Africa.

These students were not yet born when Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in 1991, an act still unrecognised by the international community that has left the breakaway region poor and isolated.

Lack of recognition has made life even harder in one of the world’s most impoverished regions, government officials say, frustrating access to foreign loans, aid and investment.

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