Sunday, July 13, 2008

Somalia: The Forgotten Land

In light of Clay Aiken's recent trip to Somaliland on behalf of UNICEF, I would like to feature a 2005 documentary of Somaliland produced by BBC journalist Simon Reeve. Somaliland is a breakaway state that no one in the world recognizes as a legitimate land.

"Places That Don't Exist"

Simon Reeve travels to the unrecognized nation of Somaliland, in the Horn of Africa. On the way he visits Mogadishu, the dangerous capital of Somalia (from which Somaliland has separated), and meets extraordinary characters such as former guerrilla fighter Yusuf, and Mr Big Beard, who sells Simon a Somali diplomatic passport.

Part 1: Simon Reeve's entry into Somalia via Mogadishu

Part 2: Simon Reeve's visit to Hargeisa in Somaliland. Warning: graphic images of a mass grave.

Part 3: Simon Reeve's visit to Hargeisa in Somaliland.

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