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Somalia is in the current news Today Feb 23 twenty-three ships from seven nations are preparing to evacuate UN peace keeping troops from Somalia This report gives a brief overview of Somalia Somalias proper name is the Somali Democratic Republic which is a state in northeast Africa stretching from the Equator to the Red Sea Somalia occupies most of the Horn of Africa Somalia is surrounded on the north by Gulf of Aden in the east by the Indian Ocean in the west by Kenya and Ethiopia and in the northwest by the French administered territory of the Afars and Issas formerly known as French Somaliland Somalias population is 2730000 and the area is 246200 square miles The capital and largest city is Mogadishu and its population is 172677 The colors of the flag is blue with a white star in the middle The major languages are Somali Arabic Italian and English and the major religions are Islam and Roman Catholic This country is covered in flat low plateau with some mountains the largest is Surud Ad which is 7900 ft tall The are two plateaus south of the mountains they are the Haud and the Guban The Haud plateau is flat land withsoil containing gypsum It has slightly more rainfall then the Guban and is cooler and drier Somalia extends from about latitude 2 degrees South to 12 degrees North and so its climate lies within the tropical and subtropical zones Vegetation consists primarily of shrub bush and grass In the political subdivision of Migiurturia the land is practically denuded of trees In most parts of the country however plants and grass are plentiful and in the Haud extreme south vegetation is thick The shrubs which have adapted to the harsh enviroment with its low rainfall and hot sun are nutritious subtaining the countrys abundant livestock as well as its wild animals At present the greatest single resource of the country consists of
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