Somalia has become the world's foremost "failed state," with no functioning government, more than one million refugees, and each street corner run by a different warlord - some aligned with the West, and some not.
|Thousands have been killed in Somalia's
civil war [AFP]
Earlier this week he UN brokered a peace deal between one small opposition faction and the Transitional Federal Government, which was set up in 2004 and controls some parts of Somalia.
But many analysts do not expect much improvement in the country's lot.
Meanwhile, thousands of lives have been lost in the past few months alone, as the civil war rages on for its 17th year.
On Thursday, Riz speaks with three prominent Somalis with different views on their country's future: Abdi Samatar, a leading Somali academic in the US; Sadia Ali Aden, who heads an attempt to unify the Somali expatriate community in the US; and Awale Kullane, a Somali activist in London.
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