People wave flags as soldiers and other military personnel of Somalia's breakaway territory of Somaliland march past during an Independence day celebration parade in the capital, Hargeisa on May 18, 2016. / AFP / MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB
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Somaliland declared its independence from Somalia 25 years ago Wednesday, but no one outside of its self-described borders has recognized it as a country, rendering Somaliland an invisible country.Somaliland has avoided the Al-Qaeda-backed bombings, a routine in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, and has held regular elections and seen peaceful changes of government.Anxious not to dismember Somalia – or encourage their own separatists – the African Union nations stick to the principle of "inviolability of borders" drawn by colonial rulers, and buried a 2005 report in favor of Somaliland's independence.Other world bodies and foreign states are unwilling to oppose the AU on an issue in its own backyard.
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