A postcard from the colonial era.
An Italian postcard depicting the Miguirtina region ( presently known as Bari, Puntland).

A postcard from the colonial era.

An Italian postcard depicting the Miguirtina region ( presently known as Bari, Puntland).


Las Khorey (laasqoray), Puntland.
Man stands at the window of an old mosque. Las Khorey is home to one of the oldest mosques in Somalia.

Las Khorey (laasqoray), Puntland.

Man stands at the window of an old mosque. Las Khorey is home to one of the oldest mosques in Somalia.


Picturesque Galgala, Puntland.
Galgala, Bari, Puntland. Photo taken in 1973 as the sun rises from behind the Galgala mountains.

Picturesque Galgala, Puntland.

Galgala, Bari, Puntland. Photo taken in 1973 as the sun rises from behind the Galgala mountains.


Goldogob (Galdogob), Puntland: 
Famous for its red sandy plains, this growing town located in central Somalia (towards the southern border of Puntland) is the gateway to Somali region of Ethiopia.

Goldogob (Galdogob), Puntland:

Famous for its red sandy plains, this growing town located in central Somalia (towards the southern border of Puntland) is the gateway to Somali region of Ethiopia.



The women of Puntland:
A rare photo of two Somali women in the Bari region of what is today known as Puntland ( taken in 1912).

The women of Puntland:

A rare photo of two Somali women in the Bari region of what is today known as Puntland ( taken in 1912).


Lama Daye Falls, Sanaag, Puntland.

Lama Daye Falls, located in Eastern Sanaag, is one of the hidden gems of the Puntland region.


Historic Bosaso (Boosaaso), Puntland.
A group of women walk past the ruins of a castle in Bosaso. The port city was known as Mosylon by the ancient Greeks and is home to many ancient structures. ( Photo taken in the mid-1980s).

Historic Bosaso (Boosaaso), Puntland.

A group of women walk past the ruins of a castle in Bosaso. The port city was known as Mosylon by the ancient Greeks and is home to many ancient structures. ( Photo taken in the mid-1980s).



The sleeping lion of Cape Guardafui. 
Cape Guardafui ( aka Ras Aseyr), known in ancient times as the Cape of Spices, is the northern most point in Somalia. Approaching the Cape from the South one see the natural rock formation of the cape (a lion couchant).

The sleeping lion of Cape Guardafui.

Cape Guardafui ( aka Ras Aseyr), known in ancient times as the Cape of Spices, is the northern most point in Somalia. Approaching the Cape from the South one see the natural rock formation of the cape (a lion couchant).


Driving through the rolling hills of Bari.
Bari is the largest province in Somalia and one of the least explored. From “the sleeping lion” of Cape Guardafui to the farms of Galgala, the region is rich in both  history and beauty.

Driving through the rolling hills of Bari.

Bari is the largest province in Somalia and one of the least explored. From “the sleeping lion” of Cape Guardafui to the farms of Galgala, the region is rich in both  history and beauty.



Hirsi Magan Isse (Xirsi Magan Ciise).
Born in 1935, was one of the first Somalis to graduate from an Ivy League university ( Columbia University). A trained linguist and anthropologist by profession, Isse was one of the leading advocates for the adoption of the Cismaaniya alphabet as the national script for the Somali language. Cismaaniya was one the only indigenous script in contention but it was rejected for political reasons. In 2008, Hirsi passed away in London, England.

Hirsi Magan Isse (Xirsi Magan Ciise).

Born in 1935, was one of the first Somalis to graduate from an Ivy League university ( Columbia University). A trained linguist and anthropologist by profession, Isse was one of the leading advocates for the adoption of the Cismaaniya alphabet as the national script for the Somali language. Cismaaniya was one the only indigenous script in contention but it was rejected for political reasons. In 2008, Hirsi passed away in London, England.


Iskushuban( Scusciuban), Puntland.
This ancient royal seat, located in northeastern Bari, is an stunning oasis filled with springs, palm trees and waterfalls. Its name comes its strategic location - straddling the meeting point of two rivers.

Iskushuban( Scusciuban), Puntland.

This ancient royal seat, located in northeastern Bari, is an stunning oasis filled with springs, palm trees and waterfalls. Its name comes its strategic location - straddling the meeting point of two rivers.


Illig (Ilig),Puntland.
This historic fishing village, located in Eyl district, is renown for its white sandy beach and crystal blue ocean.

Illig (Ilig),Puntland.

This historic fishing village, located in Eyl district, is renown for its white sandy beach and crystal blue ocean.


Boocame, Puntland.
Boocame is an ancient town in the district of the same name. It is located in the Sool region of Puntland and serves as the commercial centre for the largely agricultural surrounding communities.

Boocame, Puntland.

Boocame is an ancient town in the district of the same name. It is located in the Sool region of Puntland and serves as the commercial centre for the largely agricultural surrounding communities.


Bixin, Puntland.
Located north of Garowe ( the capital of Puntland), Bixin is a small but growing farming community.

Bixin, Puntland.

Located north of Garowe ( the capital of Puntland), Bixin is a small but growing farming community.


Laag Spring, Puntland.

Located a short drive from Bosaso, Laag is a popular tourist location especially during the summer holidays.