Somalia is not a failed state | Sharif Ahmed | Comment is free | The Guardian

Picture of Sharif AhmedA little over a year ago, I was elected president of a country that many consider the most dangerous in the world. Over the last 20 years, Somalia has been synonymous with war and displacement. Now terrorism and piracy have been added to this list – and they threaten death and destruction far beyond our borders.Let me begin by emphasising that however bad the situation looks, Somalia is not the “failed” state of popular imagination. Somalis are resilient and committed to peace, and sickened by the nihilistic violence of the extremists who last month announced an alliance with al-Qaida to wreak havoc across east Africa.

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