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Somalia: Country in the Horn of Africa
Somalia, officially the Federal Republic of Somalia, is a country in the Horn of Africa. The country is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, and Kenya to the southwest. Somalia has the longest coastline on Africa's mainland. Its terrain consists mainly of plateaus, plains, and highlands. Hot conditions prevail year-round, with periodic monsoon winds and irregular rainfall. Somalia has an estimated population of around 17.1 million, of which over 2 million live in the capital and largest city Mogadishu, and has been described as Africa's most culturally homogeneous country. Around 85% of its residents are ethnic Somalis, who have historically inhabited the country's north. Ethnic minorities are largely concentrated in the south. The official languages of Somalia are Somali and Arabic. Most people in the country are Muslims, the majority of them Sunni.

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Too weak to cry: Famine looms over Somalia's children [Video]

Too weak to cry: Famine looms over Somalia's children

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:38Published
More than 700 children have died in Somalia nutrition centres, UN says [Video]

More than 700 children have died in Somalia nutrition centres, UN says

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:39Published
UN pleads for aid for Somalia, on the brink of famine [Video]

UN pleads for aid for Somalia, on the brink of famine

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:45Published
Drought leaves Somalia on edge of famine [Video]

Drought leaves Somalia on edge of famine

Channel 4 News visits the Jubaland region of southern Somalia, where severe drought has led to failed harvests and dead livestock. The lack of rain, combined with a lack of Ukrainian grain and..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 10:35Published
Somalia on the brink: millions of people at risk as drought worsens [Video]

Somalia on the brink: millions of people at risk as drought worsens

Severe drought has placed millions of people at risk of famine in the horn of Africa. Euronews speaks to Karl Schembri from the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 03:31Published

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Authorities in Houthi-held north Yemen confirmed their first case of the new coronavirus on Tuesday, a Somali national found dead in a Sanaa hotel, while the government in the south of the war-torn..
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Kenya urges Somalia to speedily investigate fatal plane crash

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