In April 2019 I travelled to Somalia, followed by Ethiopia, followed by Somaliland.  Somaliland is a breakaway region of Somalia that fought for independence in the late 1980s.  Somaliland is not yet officially recognised as a country, despite the fact they have their own government, flag and currency.  The ‘country’ is regarded as much more peaceful and safe than neighbouring Somalia.

I only spent a couple of days in Hargeisa and the surrounds.  Exploring the caves of Las Geel and visiting the local camel market were particular highlights.

There is a monument to the civil war in the city which is particularly striking, a MiG-17 fighter jet, and I managed to sketch below.Hargeisa War Memorial Somaliland