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Somalia Flag The Republic of Somalia (Somali: Jamhuuriyadda Soomaaliya) is a country in the Horn of Africa. It shares land borders with Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya, as well as having a long coastline on the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden (an arm of the Indian Ocean), and the Indian Ocean.

As of 2009, the population of Somalia was estimated as being 9,133,000. The country's capital and largest city is Mogadishu (Somali: Muqdisho) which has a population of about 2 million.

Since 1991, Somalia has been involved in a long and complex civil war. However, the country does now have a Transitional Federal Government (Somali: Dowladda federaalka kumeelgaarka), which is recognized by the UN, the African Union, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and by many countries including the United States.

Somalia Country Details


Country Name Somalia
Political Status Country
Geographic Location East Africa
Flag Somalia Flag
Principal Languages
  • Arabic
  • Somali
  • Capital Mogadishu


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    Somalia & Djibouti 1:1,700,000 Travel Map (International Travel Maps)
    By ITM Canada

    International Travel Maps
    Map (1 pages)

    Somalia & Djibouti 1:1,700,000 Travel Map (International Travel Maps)
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    • Djibouti Somalia Africa Horn map
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    Folded road and travel map. Scale 1:1,700,000. Distinguishes roads ranging from primary paved roads to other roads/tracks (poor quality). Legend includes trails railroads, sand dunes, lava fields, international/national airports, aerodromes, ports, gas stations, hospitals/medical facilities, viewpoints, points of interest, ruins, mines, museums, campsites/huts, accommodations, missions/churches, mosques, oasis, lighthouses, caves, waterholes/wells, national parks. Indexed.
    The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World
    By Jay Bahadur

    Vintage
    Released: 2012-08-21
    Paperback (336 pages)

    The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World
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    The first close-up look at the hidden world of Somali pirates by a young journalist who dared to make his way into their remote havens and spent a year infiltrating their lives.
     
    For centuries, stories of pirates have captured imaginations around the world. The recent ragtag bands of pirates off the coast of Somalia, hijacking multimillion-dollar tankers owned by international shipping conglomerates, have brought the scourge of piracy into the modern era. Jay Bahadur’s riveting narrative exposé—the first of its kind—looks at who these men are, how they live, the forces that created piracy in Somalia, how the pirates spend the ransom money, how they deal with their hostages, among much, much more. It is a revelation of a dangerous world at the epicenter of political and natural disaster.
     

    Birds of the Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, and Socotra (Princeton Field Guides)
    By Nigel Redman & John Fanshawe

    Princeton University Press
    Paperback (512 pages)

    Birds of the Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, and Socotra (Princeton Field Guides)
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    Birds of the Horn of Africa is widely regarded as the best field guide to the more than 1,000 species of resident, migrant, and vagrant birds found in northeast Africa--and it just got even better. Now fully revised and expanded, this comprehensive, easy-to-use guide has been updated with the latest information on distribution, identification, and taxonomy. New vagrants to the region have been added; color plates, illustrations, and distribution maps have been thoroughly updated and improved; and much more--making this still the must-have guide for birders, naturalists, and travelers in the region.

    • Covers Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, and the Socotra archipelago
    • Features more than 2,600 illustrations on 213 stunning color plates
    • Provides a color distribution map for every species
    • Detailed species accounts on facing pages describe key identification features, similar species, geographical variation, habitat, status, and voice
    • Includes a glossary, identification tips, and information about habitats
    • Key identification features are shown more prominently in the text
    • Now includes an annotated distributional checklist by country and a comparison table for large white-headed gulls
    The Somalia Travel Journal
    By Younghusband World Travel Journals

    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
    Paperback (144 pages)

    The Somalia Travel Journal
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    "I don't always design travel journals, but when I do they are the kind of travel journals that people throw parades for." - Cormac Younghusband, The World's Most Legendary Nomad

    THE SOMALIA TRAVEL JOURNAL has been carefully crafted by the legendary nomad Cormac Younghusband to help make your trip unforgettable, fun and organized—with plenty of room to help spur spontaneity and document new discoveries.

    This journal can help you plan, live out and record every stage of your journey to Somalia—from pre-trip, to getting there, to being there, to getting home, and afterwards.

    "Somalia food is among the world's finest. They do this thing with the thing!" - Cormac Younghusband, The World's Most Legendary Nomad

    The first part of the journal is for PRE-TRIP PLANNING and contains sections for important information, a page to write about what inspired you to make the trip, a page to write about the who, where, what, when, how of the journey, a page to make note of your travel companions, a number of pages to organize your travel research.* Plus, you will find sections for drafting an itinerary and keeping a journey to-do checklist.

    The second part of the journal deals with GETTING THERE, containing sections to describe getting there and arriving.

    The third part of the journal is all about BEING THERE. There are sections for: tracking the stuff you buy and for your daily adventures there are 50 two-page daily records to keep notes on: day #, date, weather, places visited, what happened today + thoughts on what happened, the highlight of the day and extensive notes (with a handy reminder list of things to write about). Because there are about 10,085,638 people in Somalia, there's also a section to record the names and contact info of the people you meet along the way.

    The fourth part of the journal is for GETTING HOME, that fateful day you depart and the days that follow. There are sections for describing your departure, for making your own top 10 highlights lists, a country radar to help you create a signature review of the country, and an afterwards where you can sum up the meaning of your trip.

    When a trip is over, Cormac Younghusband recommends you start planning your NEXT TRIP. To help, there is a section where you can make a travel wish list.

    Also included is a COUNTRY BRIEF to give you important info on the destination and a MAP to give you an idea of the lay of the land. Plus, at the back of the book there are sections for: generic packing ideas, measures and conversions, and pages for notes, sketches, maps and such

    "Find a place in the world you haven't been, and go there. Keep on trucking, my friends" - Cormac Younghusband, The World's Most Legendary Nomad

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    * Research Such As: places to go / explore, places to stay, places to shop / must have souvenirs, cultural / sporting events to attend, historical / religious sites of interest, pubs-bars-places-to-party, beaches / forests / natural wonders to see, parks & gardens to wander through, things to eat and drink / dining experiences, festivals & events to attend, stuff for kids - seniors - and such, experiences to experience, important local customs, etiquette, laws, and such.

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    "Why visit Somalia? Because, it's there." - Cormac Younghusband, The World's Most Legendary Nomad

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    WHEREVER YOU'RE GOING, YOUNGHUSBAND WORLD TRAVEL JOURNALS HAS THE PERFECT JOURNAL FOR YOU.

    Somalia Geographical Map 1:1,750,000 Gizi (English and German Edition)
    By Gizi

    Gizi
    Map (2 pages)

    Somalia Geographical Map 1:1,750,000 Gizi (English and German Edition)
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    The map shows its internationally recognized borders as well as its current (as of 2012) de facto division into Somaliland and Somalia, as well as the self-proclaimed autonomous states within Somalia: Puntland, Galmudug and Jubaland, plus the disputed region claimed by Somaliland but under Puntland administration. Also marked are internal administrative borders within these states/regions and names of the provinces. All place names are given in the Latin alphabet with alternative names or transliterations as appropriate. Topography is vividly presented with altitude coloring; graphics for swamps, salt flats and deserts; numerous names of mountain ranges and other geographical features; spot heights; water wells, etc. The road network includes country tracks and gives distances on main routes. Local airports and seaports are marked and a range of symbols indicate various places of interest, including locations with hotel accommodation, historical sites, etc. Coverage includes Djibouti and the eastern part of Ethiopia. Latitude and longitude lines are drawn at 1° intervals. The index is next to the map, with separate lists for Somaliland, Somalia and Djibouti. The multilingual map legend includes English and Arabic. Also provided are two plans of Mogadishu: a general map of the town showing names of districts and main traffic routes, plus a more detailed street plan of the central area. Both are annotated with various facilities and places of interest.
    Born in the Big Rains: A Memoir of Somalia and Survival (Women Writing Africa)
    By Fadumo Korn

    The Feminist Press at CUNY
    Hardcover (192 pages)

    Born in the Big Rains: A Memoir of Somalia and Survival (Women Writing Africa)
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    This powerful memoir portrays the life-altering transformation of a feisty nomad girl who undergoes genital excision. Crippled with rheumatism as a result of the cutting, Fadumo Korn, who once freely roamed the deserts of her native Somalia, is sent to live with a wealthy uncle, brother to the Somali president. She enters a world of luxury underpinned with political instability and cruelty, but receives an invaluable education. Korn eventually moves to Germany for therapy and recounts her life there—her marriage, the birth of her son, and her involvement in the movement to end genital cutting—with warm and inspiring humor.
    Somalia Map
    By International Travel Maps

    Itmb Publishing Ltd
    Map (1 pages)

    Somalia Map
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    • Somalia Ethiopia Mogadishu Gulf of Aden Africa map
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    International Travel Maps publient des cartes pour la plupart des régions et pays du monde. * Carte en couleurs * Index et légende * Comprend: les zones géographiques, le réseau hydrographique, toutes les routes, dénivellation et plans détaillés des principales villes.

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