For too long the other Somali homeland has had too little attention, even though it is peaceful, democratic and rarely relies on external support - compared to the US$ billions, blood and time the "international community" has given to Somalia.

So prompted by a BBC radio report here are a few aspects you probably missed. The BBC found local children's favourite book was Tolstoy's 'War and Peace' :

Along with some pictures:

I have finally found this 'letter' in The Spectator on the Hargeysa or Hargeisa International Book Fair by the BBC's reporter: