With funding from One World Media, I was able to travel to Somaliland, an unrecognised state next to Somalia. The landscape and the history of Somaliland is fraught with passion and blood. Its future runs directly with the optimism of its people, who are returning from all around the globe and an uncertain future.

My film, The Country That Wasn't There, followed people in Hargeisa, Berberra, And Burao, and asked them what it was like to live in a country that isn't recognised by any other country on Earth.

Somaliland was a British Somaliland Protectorate until it was declared independent on the 26th of June 1960. It remained independent for just a month, until it united with Somalia to create the Somali Republic.

History has not been kind to the Horn Of Africa. It suffered a devastating civil war during the 1980's, the result of a living under the regime of dictator, Mohamed Siad Barre.

Against the odds, Somaliland has become a success story for Africa and indeed the world. It now has democratically elected presidents, it's own currency, and an abundance of delicious camel liver (really).

This documentary is also the result of my own Somaliland heritage. My grandfather, Yusef Ashour, became a sailor and settled in Liverpool, England. I never knew him, but I always was curious about this far away land that seemed to be in a constant state of war. I am glad that I went.

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