Somalia - Camel Kingdom
The Somali Republic is located in the most eastern part of Africa.
Also known as Somalia, the name means "the milk of cows and sheep."
Covering an area of 637,700 square kilometers, Somalia has a
population of 8.59 million, divided into the two major clans of
Samale and Sabu. Islam is the state religion, with the Somali and
Arabic being the official languages, with English and Italian also
spoken. The currency is the Somali shilling, and Mogadishu (MuqdiSho)
is the capital..
The Somalia national flag is light blue color with a white
five-pointed star in the center. The color is reminiscent of the
United Nations flag, and the five-pointed star symbolizes African
freedom and independence. It also represents the five angle views
that existed in Somalia at that time (now the light carriage
Southern), British Somalia (now North), French Somalia (now
Djibouti), and the Shan in part of Kenya and Ethiopia.
1,700 years BC, was established to produce spices known "Bonthe
country." During the 7th century, the Arabs began to arrive in
Somalia, establishing trade points and a number of the Sultanate. In
1887, the north cable became a British "protectorate," and in 1925
it became part of the Department of Italian colonies. In 1941, the
British took control of Somalia, and in June 1960, the Cable North
gained independence. On July 1 of that year the Sonam district also
gained independence, and the North and South united to form the
Economy and Cultural Customs
Somalia’s economy is heavily reliant on livestock, with other
important agricultural products being sorghum, maize, beans,
bananas, and sugar cane. Grazing pasture accounts for about 45% of
the total number of head of livestock among the African front;
Somalia has been referred to as the "camel Kingdom". Somalia’s
reputation for producing precious frankincense and myrrh earned it
the ancient name of "spice of state," especially since its
frankincense and myrrh is considered the best in the world.
In Somalia, camels are a sign of wealth. Camel milk is valuable for
making cheese, a major food. People are superstitious about camels
and never blaspheme around one or to one. Even taking a photograph
of a came l is forbidden.