For decades now, Somalia has been locked in a civil war that has split the country into two factions; those who hail from Somalia and those who hail from Somaliland. Each region of the country is broken into various clans who each have a rich history based on religion, traditions, and various roles that help form their culture. The main religion of the region is Muslim with the majority being that of the Sunni branch of Islam, although some are adherents of the Shia Muslim denomination.
Somali's tend to start their day off with a cup of tea or coffee as breakfast is viewed as one of the more important meals of the day. The tea is often in the form of haleeb shai (Yemeni milk tea) in the north. The main dish is typically a pancake-like bread known as Canjeero. It usually is broken down into small pieces and eaten with ghee and sugar. For kids it is usually mixed with tea and sesame oil until mushy. It might also be eaten with a stew or soup.
Lunch tends to be bigger than breakfast and can consist of a pasta or rice dish of some sort. Spaghetti plays a major role during this meal and even though it was introduced by the Italians, Somali's have made it their own by introducing a more of a stew like consistency rather than a sauce.
Finally, we have dinner. This can be served as late as 9pm and tends to have a bean dish known as Cambuulo as the main dish. Dessert tends to be on the sweeter side with baklava making an appearance. If you haven't experienced the delightful treat that is Baklava, do yourself a favor and go out and get some right now!
Even though this slideshow is short, I hope that I have shed some light on this amazing community and culture. Hopefully your interests have been peeked and you might make a trip out to a restaurant to try some new food, or maybe you will look at the Hijab differently. In the end, Somali people are a very down to earth group of people who have rich traditions that define their culture in a way that has no copy cats. To those who are immigrants that are trying to start over or escape the hardships back home, we welcome you here and hope that you can plant your feet down and begin anew....