This week marks the 20th anniversary of Somaliland, a region where residents are fiercely proud of their independence from southern Somalia.
It has a population of three and a half million with its own President, flag, military, currency, and parliament, all separate from Somalia and war-torn capital, Mogadishu.
But the international community does not recognize it as an independent African nation.
Here in Connecticut, there are about 200 families from Somaliland. They call themselves Somalilanders.