The self-declared republic of Somaliland has elections, a strong economy, and zero tolerance for extremists or pirates. But no one recognizes it.
Meet the modern-day brigands behind the sometimes sophisticated, always risky operations that raked in an estimated $80 million in ransoms in 2008.
Somalis near the border with Ethiopia say that country's troops have crossed over, raising speculation of another battle with the militant Islamists closing in on Somalia's government.
The unrecognized territory hosts tens of thousands of Somali refugees and is trying and imprisoning pirates.
Behind the bare brick walls of a desolate former British colonial prison in Somali land, five jailed Somali pirates didn't seem very fearsome at all.
The world is not willing to allow this strategic nation to remain ungoverned. Can a coordinated effort create a stable government?
Drawn by better governance and investment opportunities, Africans across the diaspora are increasingly returning to their home countries.