Somalia Vision 2016: A Long Way To Go

An IDP boy at the Hawa Abdi Centre for Internally Displaced Somalis.

By ABDIWAHAB ALI

For the first time now there is an internationally recognized federal government in Somalia. Though Somalis disagree about whether federalism is a recipe for sustainable peace and even question whether such a system is little more than paper work.

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