Photos [downloadable for reports]
Maps & Flag [downloadable for reports]
The Land
  • A Nation in Name Only (, The Philadelphia Inquirer)
    See photos and listen to clips of what life was like in Somalia in the late 1990s.
  • Republic of Somaliland: Country Profile (Somaliland Official Website)
    Learn more about the northern region of Somalia known as Somaliland.
  • Somalia (CIA World Factbook)
    Find basic information and statistics about Somalia.
  • Termite Tower! (JuniorNet)
    Play this interactive termite game and learn more about termites and the amazing towers they can build, which can be found in Somalia.
History and Government
  • Blackhawk Down (, The Philadelphia Inquirer)
    Review the events of the October 3, 1993, battle between U.S. soldiers and Somalis by reading reports, listening to interviews, and viewing clips on this site by reporter Mark Bowden of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the staff.
  • Mogadishu: Images from the Past
    See photographs, maps, and drawings of Mogadishu throughout the last one hundred years.
The People
Cultural Life
  • The Somali Bantu: Their History and Culture (, Center for Applied Linguistics)
    Read about the Somali Bantu people from this guide for people working with refugees in the United States.
  • Somali History (Minnesota Department of Human Rights)
    Learn about Somali refugee history and culture as the Somali transition to life in the United States.
  • The Somalis: Their History and Culture (, Center for Applied Linguistics)
    Learn about Somali history and culture, including holidays, foods, sports, and games Somalis play from these fact sheets written for volunteers working with Somali refugees.
The Economy
For More Information
  • Country Profile: Somalia (BBC News)
    Find up-to-date headlines, colorful maps, a timeline, an overview, and watch video news clips.
  • Somalia (
    Find general information about Somalia, including geography, government, economy, etc.
  • Somalia (Lonely Planet)
    Find travel tips and general information about Somalia.
  • Somalia (
    Listen to Somalia’s national anthem.
Teacher Resources
  • Daily Lesson Plan: Life, Camera, Action (New York Times on the Web)
    Students explore life in Somalia and then analyze the media portrayal of the country (grades 6–12).
  • Lesson Plans: African Language Diversity (National Geographic Xpeditions)
    Students learn about the study of language and focus on the many languages spoken in Africa, including Somalia. They will learn about the connection between language and environment (grades 9–12).
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