Somaliland: Victory Monument on Hargeisa

Somaliland is not Somalia. For most of the country’s history it was a British protectorate and then was forcefully pushed into Somalia during the anti-colonialism times for just a few years. In 1988, a brutal civil war erupted with Somalian warplanes pretty much erasing Hargeisa off the map. Three years later, the regime in Mogadishu imploded and Somaliland declared full independence. The airplane monument in Hargeisa commemorates the war – it is the most bizarre and graphic monument i have ever seen – with images of chopped off limbs, corpses and brutal warfare.