Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has been elected asSomalia’s new president by the country’s parliament. Even Somalia’s parliament is quite new. More than 200 members of the parliament were elected about a month ago by some respected elders in the country. Somalia could not hold elections to choose the members of parliament because of safety concerns in the country. Instead, some elders were called upon to make the selection. Somalia also has a new constitution which gives citizens more rights. It promises free education up to secondary school for kids.
War is not the only thing Somalia has suffered. Last year there was a very serious food shortage in the country caused by a drought.
If you thought pirates only existed in books and movies, think again! One thing Somalia has become really famous for is its pirates. Many ships travel through the waters around Somalia. Some Somali gangs capture ships, and demand money for their return. According to the International Maritime Bureau, out of all the attacks on ships and boats around the globe last year, over half were off the coast of Somalia.