Agence France-PresseMay 7, 2013 05:45
Somalia is an impoverished country in the Horn of Africa which has been ravaged by a civil war since the fall of the regime of Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.
Following are key facts about the country:
- GEOGRAPHY: Somalia is 637,657 square kilometres (246,200 square miles) in area, including the autonomous northern states of Puntland and Somaliland.
Situated on the "horn" of Africa, it forms the continent's easternmost tip jutting out into the Indian Ocean, has Africa's longest coastline and borders Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.