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Fractured State

For the past two decades, Somalia has been dogged with the problems of piracy, terrorism and famine. As violence heightens and oil raises the stakes, BET.com takes a look at what issues Somalia must face on its road to stability. —Naeesa Aziz


The East-African nation of Somalia has struggled to establish stability since President Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991. The country now functions without a central government and largely under the control of militia groups and clans. 

(Photo: Radu Sigheti/Reuters)

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