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December 31st 2006
Published: January 4th 2007
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Berbera is about 200 miles or so away from Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland; more importantly, it may be the oldest town on this side of the African Red Sea/Gulf of Aden. It was visited by a Greek sailor-merchant in the first century AD, as is told in the Periplus of the Red Sea.

I did not see much of the city's ruins or old buildings; I went to see the beach, where I spent a lot of time. The beaches are beautiful but were empty, except for a few youngsters taking a dip in the sea. It seems that few tourists ever venture into this country. But would that a wonder, when this country, termed as Africa's Best Kept Secret, for its stability and peace, is often confused with Somalia proper.

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