In recent years a series of discoveries of previously unknown cave paintings have been made in Somaliland (an unrecognized country to the north of Somalia that has remained relatively peaceful). These sites, which are of great importance in understanding the history of the region, date back approximately 5,000 years. With limited resources and in the face of serious threats from the various factions fighting in Somalia, Sada Mire, a fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, has made it her life’s work to discover, document, and preserve her nation’s rich cultural heritage.
To learn more about Sada Mire and her work read: BBC News – Sada Mire: Uncovering Somalia’s heritage.
Sada Mire’s official website: Somali Heritage and Archaeology.
See also this CNN interview with Sada Mire and her twin sister: Saving Somaliland’s Heritage.