Somalia marks 57 years of independence despite challenges

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Published on July 4, 2017 by admin

Somalia has celebrated her 57th independence day. President Mohamed Farmajo led hundreds of citizens in marking this day in Mogadishu. The president later laid a wreath of flowers at the Invisible Soldier’s monument, to pay homage to those who fought for the country’s independence. Somalia gained her independence 57 years ago, when the southern regions united with the Northern, after attaining self-rule from the Italians. The northern region was under British rule. The Independence Day celebrations happened on the backdrop of sustained attacks from al-Shabaab. Somalia plunged into a long-drawn civil war, following the ouster of President Mohammed Siad Barre in 1991. According to the president, Somalis have a reason to be proud of their achievements, despite the challenges facing the country.

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