Somalilandsun – Bad things have happened in Hargeisa—just rarely, and not recently though Somaliland sometimes skirmishes over its eastern provinces, known as Sool, Sanaag, and Cayn, with neighbouring semi-independent Puntland.
But Hargeisa is not Mogadishu. Most people don’t know much about Hargeisa, in former north-western Somalia. But for many travellers, its location alone is a red flag. For more than 25 years, news from the region has been a relentless stream of violence and despair, even after the country managed to cobble together a (laughable) central government in 2012 after 22 years of statelessness and civil war.
Yet major southern Somali cities like Mogadishu, Kismayo, and even the de facto federal capital of Baidoa are all a little too rough around the edges for tourism. But the story of Hargeisa is different from the rest of Somalia reveals Mark Hay in a must read piece titled “15 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO TO HARGEISA”