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city, northwestern Somalia, and the capital of the Republic of Somaliland, a self-declared independent state without international recognition. Hargeysa is located in an enclosed valley of the Galgodon (Ogo) highlands, at an elevation of 4,377 feet (1,334 metres). During the Somalian civil war that began in the 1980s, Hargeysa was severely damaged; much of the city was reduced to rubble, and most of the population fled. A large number have since returned, and much of Hargeysa has been rebuilt.