General information on Somaliland

Although not recognised as a sovereign state by the international community, the autonomous region of Somaliland has been an island of relative political stability in the midst of the chaos and destruction that continues to unsettle the rest of Somalia. However, levels of poverty remain high and thousands of children lack protection. SOS Children's Villages has been working to support the region's young people and children in order to give them a brighter future.

At the playground - photo: C. Lesske
At the playground (photo: SOS archives)
Somaliland is an autonomous region situated on the eastern horn of Africa, which declared itself independent from Somalia in 1991. However, its independence remains unrecognised by any country or international organisation in the world.
Thirsty - photo: C. Lesske
At the SOS Children’s Villages school (photo: SOS archives)