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Legal Aspects of Somaliland Case in the New Engagement Policy with Somalia

Somaliland in the northern tip of the Horn of Africa is bounded by Djibouti, Ethiopia, ‘Puntland State’ of northeast Somalia, and Yemen across the Red Sea. The people of Somaliland are ethnic Somali, sharing with other Somalis a common language, religion (Sunni Islam), and a traditional livelihood system based around nomadic pastoralism. Most come from three main ‘clan families’ – the Isaaq, Dir (Gadabursi and Iise) and Harti (Warsengeli and Dulbahante) of the Darod clan federation (Walls and Kibble, 2011). But there are, also, other small clan groups which are scattered across the country.

Adam Haji-Ali Ahmed

Advocate, conflict resolution practitioner, Researcher, Lecturer, the Director of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) of the University of Hargeisa in Somaliland.