Somalia - Somalia First off, Somalia is not a good tourist...

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Somalia First off, Somalia is not a good tourist destination. A desert country at the horn of Africa, Somalia has a long, rich history. All you need to know about said history is that the country has been in a civil war since 1991, and it has all but destroyed the state's infrastructure. Fighting continues between various factions, and in January 2009 the Transitional Federal Government was sent into exile following the end of a war against Ethiopia, giving de facto control to the Islamist factions. Currently, the UN-backed government does not itself govern beyond the capital, Mogadishu. In other words, there are no traffic lights, no road maintenance, no postal service, and no police, unless you count the various local and foreign military groups assigned there to keep the peace. On the bright side, this means no taxes, so international businesses can import and export more cheaply. Not usually by boat, though, since there are pirates all around the busier ports. It's the textbook example of a "failed state". There are five main regions in Somalia. From North to South: Somaliland: The safest region, and a de facto independent country. Currently vying for international recognition as such.
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