Somaliland is officially an autonomous region of the country of . However, it claims to be and effectively is a sovereign state. Local authorities declared the region's independence from Somalia in May 1991, but neither the Somali federal government nor any other country or international organization has recognized its sovereignty.

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is the capital of the self-proclaimed republic of .


Most travellers who come to are simply passing through on their way to .

Sanaagh is an administrative region in north-eastern , an autonomous nation within .

is in . Most of the region is highly disputed between three separate administrations: the Somaliland government, the autonomous Puntland government and a new Khatumo State organised by local leaders to provide stability.

Named after the eponymous river which runs through the area, is one of the administrative regions of the self-declared republic of .

, sometimes known as Maroodi Jeex, is one of the administrative regions of the self-declared republic of .


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