At-a-glance: Somalia
Introduction

Clans

Government

Economy

Health

Terror haven?

Somalis abroad

Economy
The new leaders are faced with rebuilding a nation in ruins. Few people earn wages, most rely on subsistence farming or relatives abroad. Remittances from abroad - some $700m a year - are vital to the economy, making up about 23% of household income. As there are no banks, most of the money is sent via the informal Hawala system.