Somaliland neighbors Somalia, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. It considers itself an independent state, although it is not officially recognized as such. There are an estimated 85,000 internally displaced people in Somaliland and the majority live in and around the capital, Hargeisa. Some of these people have been living in IDP settlements for more than 20 years – victims of several forced displacements throughout those two decades. Others have arrived more recently, due to last year’s drought and the ongoing violence in south central Somalia.
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Hakimo fled to Hargeisa from Mogadishu. One year ago, Hakimo lost four of her children in a mortar attack in the Somali capital.
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