Somaliland – Photos of People

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Updated May 6, 2017 / João Leitão / 3 Comments / Filed in: / Reading time 2 minutes
Somaliland - Photos of People

Somaliland – Photos of People

People.

The other side of traveling.

No monuments, no museums, no gardens or palaces.

To really get to know a country, you have to interact with its people.

Photography always kept my attention and I got my first SRL camera when I was 16 years old.

During my Visual Arts studies at University, I decided to engage myself in a photo project to last for a few years.

During many years, my main purpose of traveling was to capture images of people.

On this page I collect some of the best photos I have from Somaliland.

Photos of People from Somaliland

Friendly man and children in Hargeisa animal market

Friendly man and children in Hargeisa animal market

People of Somaliland are very friendly and curious to know where visitors come from.

Kid in Berbera coastal city in the Gulf of Aden

Kid in Berbera coastal city in the Gulf of Aden

Somaliland is a self-proclaimed country that technically, and according to the United Nations, is located in the most northwestern region of Somalia.

Me with friendly Somalian boys in Hargeisa

Me with friendly Somalian boys in Hargeisa

Hargeisa is the capital of the self-proclaimed country of Somaliland. Hargeisa is a city full of lively streets, a bit dusty, and where Islamic sharia law prevails due to people having strong Muslim beliefs.

Kid carrying goat in Hargeisa animal market

Kid carrying goat in Hargeisa animal market

One of the things that is worth visiting in Hargeisa is the cattle market, where they sell goats, camels and cows. At the entrance of the market, on the right side, you can see the camels (dromedaries). Each of these animals can cost up to 1730 euros / 2000 dollars. Cows can cost up to 433 euros / 500 dollars.

Money dealer in Hargeisa, Somaliland

Money dealer in Hargeisa, Somaliland

Although it’s not internationally recognized by the UN, it has protected and delimited land borders, its own military, its own president, its own currency, its own police. And it also proudly holds democratic elections since 1991.

Army escort in Somaliland

Army escort in Somaliland

Young men in Berbera city, Somalia

Young men in Berbera city, Somalia

Berbera was once a very important city with an excellent cultural and economic development. Then, there was the war and the city became almost completely destroyed.

Port of Berbera security officer

Port of Berbera security officer

Somaliland borders Ethiopia, Djibouti and another region of Somalia called Land of Punt, or Puntland, famous for having over 400 people kidnapped and held captive by pirates in the Gulf of Aden.

Friendly man in Berbera city, Somaliland

Friendly man in Berbera city, Somaliland

Berbera is the second most important city in Somaliland, located on the Gulf of Aden. In the center of Berbera we can find several destroyed buildings, the fishing port, a few ancient mosques, the market area and some abandoned old sunk boats on the beach near the port.

Kid with football in Berbera coastal city in the Gulf of Aden

Kid with football in Berbera coastal city in the Gulf of Aden

Children on the way to Laas Geel

Children on the way to Laas Geel

Laas Geel consists of breathtaking outdoor rock paintings located 50km / 31mi from the city of Hargeisa, in Somaliland. In Laas Geel there are several murals with man-made paintings with over 9000 years old. Humans, dogs, giraffes, cows are portrayed with muddy colors.

People in Hargeisa, Somaliland

People in Hargeisa, Somaliland

Money dealers in Hargeisa - the capital of Somaliland

Money dealers in Hargeisa – the capital of Somaliland

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Visual artist shares inspiring photos and exotic travel destinations. Adventure travel blogger with ideas and narratives to motivate independent travelers and audacious backpackers. Intense journeys into more than 126 countries around Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania since 1999. Expat in Morocco – North Africa since 2007, polyglot and proud Lonely Planet Pathfinders blogger.


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Hargeisa is a fast growing city and I am glad that I am from that city. You have taken good photos but there are better places which was worth visiting in Hargeisa. For example Nasa Hablod Mountain ‘Women breasts mountain’, Masallaha where you can see the whole city from above, Barbera Caffe, the only Italian coffee in the city. You could also visit the restaurants in the city where you could eat fresh camel meat! Any way hope you have enjoyed and we look forward to see you again.

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Thanks for sharing all these photos! I always love interacting with locals, and it’s great to meet them virtually.

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Hey Jacob thank you for your comment. I appreciate your interaction and your visit. I’m glad you liked it. Greetings from Morocco!

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