"THEY NEED YOUR HELP ! WELCOME TO SOMALILAND !" Top 5 Page for this destination Somalia by DAO

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Hello! I have just returned from Hargeysa, the capital of a country no one recognises ? Somaliland. They have been independent from the war-torn south of Somalia for at least 15 years, but no country recognises them - or the UN. This creates problems. When charities send materials to African countries for schools and sports for the children, Somaliland gets ignored. It?s not fair, but you can help!

I have written most of my Hargeysa information here on my Somalia page so it will get more attention. My first 2 ?Things To Do? tips are about 2 gentlemen who showed me around and explained the needs they have for the country?s children. If you would like to donate materials, please just send it to their addresses. If you know a charity in your country that can help ? PLEASE email them!

Somaliland is peaceful, has an elected President & Parliament, multi-party politics, an army, police and their own currency. You can help the future citizens of Somaliland to develop their fledgling country. Please have a read and email me if you would like to know more.

All the best,

March 2007


I travelled here, alone, without even a hotel reservation. It is safe, friendly and has plenty of sunshine. Do expect surprised looks because the do not get many tourists yet. Small crowds will gather and small children will follow you. Just say ?Salaam? or ?Hello? and everyone breaks out into smiles. Many small children will try their English on you, so please stop and speak slowly. They really appreciate it.


The kids may not have grass, a goal or nets, but they still play soccer wherever they can. They just need a good ball. Please see my 2nd ?Things To Do? tip on how you can help the children.

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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2015 at 5:41 AM

    how is it these days. i read some sad news the other but cant remember exactly - need to go hunt the article out and maybe share it here if i find it

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2015 at 5:12 AM

    DAO: your Somaliland became a discovery for me....I would like to know more about that remote country now...

  • Elisabcn's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    I read that chewing chat provokes impotence . . how can 4 wives support that? Nice and informative page, DAO (do you bring your own whisky to restaurants??)

  • Apr 14, 2011 at 1:45 AM

    Heya, by now the Liaison Office in Addis is pretty easy to find with signs leading from Bole Rd. up the street of Stockholm Bar, where it is on the right side (yes, a sign outside). You need the said 40 USD, a picture, and the passport to obtain a visa.

  • muguruki's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2009 at 7:48 AM

    Excellent Somaliland pages better than any guide book and I doubt one exists to Somaliland.

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2009 at 7:47 AM

    Good on you! nice info and since you are still alive, it would seem that the death threats against all foreigners might be a little less than true.

  • Tom_In_Madison's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Somalia and Somalialand are 2 diff places? Then this is in the wrong place! Do it over! ;)

  • nora_south_africa's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    wow the visa tip is a good one!! Yes been working hard on my VT pages, doing smaller cities that most people dont seem to do, takes ages but at least its new VT info, the bigger cities have so much info but smaller towns get lost along the way

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Fascinating page Mr Intrepid - thanks for the fascinating photos and tips of such an adventurous visit!

  • canuck68's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2007 at 2:54 PM

    A most interesting page with some very important tips. Thank you.


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