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Somaliland Wants To Make One Thing Clear: It Is NOT Somalia

The breakaway republic has not received international recognition. Its foreign minister says that's slowing down delivery of aid to the drought-stricken territory.
"The only thing that's missing is the sovereign recognition," says Saad Ali Shire, foreign minister of Somaliland. Source: Shuyao Chen

Somaliland's Foreign Minister Saad Ali Shire is clearly frustrated.

Somaliland is being hit by a regional food crisis that the U.N. has described as one of the largest humanitarian emergencies since 1945. More than a million of Somaliland's four million people are at risk of starvation yet relief has been slow to come.

"We are being treated unfairly," Shire says seated in a conference room of a consulting firm in downtown Washington, D.C. He's in town lobbying American lawmakers for what has become his perpetual cause — official recognition of Somaliland as

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