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Somalia

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Somalia is located in the Horn of Africa and is bordered by Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Kenya. The country has a long coastline along the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. Somalia is a largely arid country with a hot, dry climate. The terrain is mostly flat and desert-like, with some mountains in the north and northeast. The majority of the population is Sunni Muslim. Somali is the official language, but Arabic and English are also widely spoken.

The main reasons to visit Somalia are to experience the culture and to see the wildlife. The country is home to a number of national parks and reserves, including the Daallo Forest Reserve, the Hargeisa National Park, and the Kismayo National Park. Somalia is also home to a variety of wildlife, including lions, elephants, and giraffes. Sadly the country is suffering through an ongoing civil war since 1988.

The cuisine of Somalia is a mixture of Somali, Arab, Turkish, Indian, and Persian influences. Dishes are typically spicy and flavorful, and include a variety of meats, vegetables, and grains. Popular dishes include sambusas (fried pastry pockets filled with meat or vegetables), cumin-spiced rice, and roasted lamb.

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