Child Protection

Somalia has experienced a continuing civil war since 1991. In the northern part of Somalia there are two states: the state of Somaliland, which wants to be recognized as a separate nation, and Puntland, which is content to be part of the Somali Federation. In early 2010 the militant Islamic extremist group Harakat Al-Shabaab controlled most of southern Somalia, including a large part of the capital, Mogadishu, where it imposed a harsh form of Sharia law.