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Note: The Somali Bantu are a distinct cultural group.

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In 1977 Barre broke ties with Moscow after the Soviets began providing aid to Ethiopia during the Ogaden War.

With this realignment, the United States began supplying military and economic aid to Somalia, but eventually suspended these efforts in 1989 because of the Barre government's human rights record.

Travel is permitted freely across the border without a visa.Somalia is a long, narrow country that wraps around the Horn of Africa.It has the longest coast of any African nation, bordering on both the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.Over one million people fled to neighboring countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Yemen, and Burundi.Most stayed in large refugee camps that were established to house the Somalis.

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