Once hailed as an island of stability, the unrecognized Republic of Somaliland is threatened by a new crisis in Somalia’s long civil war. James Barnett joins New Lines’ Joshua Martin to talk about what it means for the fractured nation’s delicate balance of power.
What began as a popular uprising in Las Anod against the administration of Somaliland, the rising star of the Horn of Africa that was praised until recently for its stability and nascent democracy, has transformed into a stalemate among some 20,000 heavily armed soldiers drawn largely from opposing clans.
In the years that followed our abduction, I think we all recovered in some uneven way. The suffering welded and changed us. Now we were scattered around the world in an intensely remembered network, and even if there would be no grand reunion, cohesion wasn’t totally lost.