Sudan split earlier this year into two countries creatively named “North Sudan” (the original Sudan) and “South Sudan” (Sudan 2.0).
I try to pay attention to these kinds of things… I didn’t really see it coming until it was going to happen.
Somaliland, my preferred African country of study (right next to Turkmenistan in Central Asia, the most interesting country in the world) has been “independent” since 1991. They just haven’t been recognized for it.
A few weeks ago, I received an email from ‘UK Somaliland Diaspora Community Pushes for International Recognition of the Republic of Somaliland’. They held a rally in London (UK) to urge the international community to recognize the nation of a few million people and the essence of stability and democracy in the entire eastern half of Africa (no big deal).
Despite being engaged by government officials from all over the world, the de jure recognition of Mogidishu remains over the entire north of Somaliland.
If anyone cares to explain to me why Juba suddenly was recognized over Hargesia, I’m all ears.
Also, if you’re interested in becoming involved in the Somaliland community in the UK, here’s who to write to. Elections are going to be starting again soon, so contact Progressio UK for more information on that!
Eid Ali Ahmed: email@example.com,
Dr. Abdishakur Jowhar: firstname.lastname@example.org
Salma A. Sheikh: “email@example.com
Mohamed Obsiye: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rakia Ahmed Abdi: email@example.com