|Republic of Somalia|
|Head of State:||Sharif Ahmed|
|UN Member State|
The Republic of Somalia (Most commonly known as just Somalia) is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Djibouti to the northwest, Kenya to the southwest, the Gulf of Aden with Yemen to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, and Ethiopia to the west. The country as previously communist and called 'Somali Democratic State' under the rule of General Siad Barre.
Fact: Somalia was one of many countries that felt the effects of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004. An estimated 300 people died in the aftermath.
Somalia is frequently in the news due to the controversial issues concerning pirates who continually hijack ships and hold them for ransom with the crew and ships death at the forefront of their threats.