Tourists in Somalia are flocking to visit an Ottoman-era castle as the Horn of Africa country recovers from weak governance and insecurity.
Taleh Castle once hosted the Dervish movement led by Sayyid Mohamed Abdulle Hassan, one of the country’s freedom icons.
Historical records suggest Hassan, backed by the Ottomans, had launched an armed struggle against colonial powers.
The Taleh castle, located in the northern breakaway region of Somaliland, is now a major tourist destination.
Information Ministry official Yasir Mohamed Baffo urged Turkey to help Somalia’s cultural and tourism industry to thrive.
He said the Somali government and UNESCO need to study and recognize the Taleh archeological site.