Saturday, December 24, 2005


Somalia is the only country in the world where there is no government. Last year an interim government was named in nearby Nairobi, Kenya and more recently moved to Jowhar, a town outside Somalia's capital Mogadishu. They have no authority outside this tiny town and get shot at when visiting the capital.

Of course I sent a letter to the interim government in Jowhar but I also sent letters to the breakaway regions of Somaliland and Puntland.

I don't expect a response from either Jowhar or Puntland but I'm holding out hope for Somaliland. Though, because they lack international recognition as a sovereign state, they cannot join the International Postal Union and must instead hire DHL to deliver its mail abroad.

This week's Economist highlighted one of the benefits of having no government. I have uploaded it here for your enjoyment. Enjoy.


Blogger hashfanatic said...

I weep for the people of Somalia.

Their suffering has been no here-and-there affair. It's total, interminable, and devastating.

12:15 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

I'm impressed you included Somaliland and Puntland, both regions where there is much more stability and less violence. I think it's unfortunate that their fate is tied to the south, where anarchy seems intractable.

Although in many ways living in Somalia is not nearly as bad as living in a war zone like parts of central Africa.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correctly, Universal Postal Union:

Established 1874.

9:32 AM  

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