TRENDING: #Somaliland - self-declared state celebrates 25 years of 'independence'

It isn't internationally recognised, but that hasn't stopped users taking to social media to congratulate Somaliland

25 YEARS ago, following a crackdown by the Siad Barre regime in Somalia that led to a devastating civil war, north-west Somalia broke away and declared itself independent on May 18th. 

It isn’t officially recognised by the international community, but today the country is celebrating a quarter of a of independence which has seen it go viral on social media. 

Even though not a single country recognises Somaliland this territory with a population of about 4.5 million people has received a great deal of attention. 

One of the reasons for this is because, in stark contrast to the rest of Somalia, it has proved to be democratic and stable. 

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