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Published: December 17th 2006
What is a gerenuk? According to American Heritage Dictionary, a gerenuk is "An African gazelle (Litocranius walleri) having long legs, a long slender neck, and backward-curving horns in the male." The Word itself is from the Somali language. This is Somaliland -- the land of the gerenuks. It is also my birthplace, a place from which I had been absent for most my adult life, and to which I have returned now. So I am not actually a passing traveller, but more like a returnee, more like a sailor visiting his home port.
I am in Hargeisa, Somaliland. Somaliland broke away from Somalia in 1991, after a tumultuous union dating to 1960. Before Somaliland was a British Protectorate, until it became independent in June 1960; joined Somalia in the same year.
One of things I like about this country is its sheer physical beauty; it has a long chain of mountains, a long coastline and a plateau country.
I will try to find the elusive gerenuks, which, I had been told, had made comeback lately--they were previously almost extinct in this country. Meanwhile, I will post my thoughts on what I found this country as well as some
Beautiful but empty beaches
pictures. I will keep you posted.
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