Somaliland celebrates 32 years of independence

Armoured personnel carrier during the parade. [Fathiya Nur, Standard]

Somaliland, a self-governing breakaway state in the Horn of Africa, is on May 18, 2023, celebrating 32 years of self-declared independence.

Dignitaries during the celebration. [Fathiya Nur, Standard]

To mark the anniversary, citizens from all walks of life took to the streets in celebrations while draped in green, red, and white - the colours of the country's national flag, while the military held an ostentatious parade.

Members of the band take a break during the day of festivities. [Fathiya Nur, Standard]

Somaliland declared unilateral independence from Somalia in 1991 and pronounced the city of Hargeisa as its capital following the ouster of President Siad Barre.

A member of the band stands tall; proud of his nation. [Fathiya Nur, Standard]

The country, however, remains largely unrecognized despite affirming its independence via a referendum in 2001.

Salute to the people of Somaliland on your auspicious day. [Fathiya Nur, Standard]

Despite the foreign relations hiccup, it is rebuilding its economy and infrastructure. The tiny state boasts its own currency, holds democratic elections, and is relatively peaceful in sharp contrast to neighbouring Somalia.

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