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Whatever Happened to Somalia? 9781874209485

Whatever Happened to Somalia? | 2nd Edition

A Tale of Tragic Blunders

ISBN-10: 1874209480
ISBN-13: 9781874209485
PUBLISHER: Haan Associates Publishing
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Product Description: This is a study of United Nations/United States intervention and experimentation with peacekeeping and peacemaking in the post-cold war international arena. In 1992-93, Somalia was the testing ground, and the UN found itself with a policy dilemma that has become known as "the Mogadishu line." This account of the period is told from an "on the ground" perspective by a political analyst with five decades of African and Asian affairs experience and who is a veteran of Somali politics.

Beginning in November 1991, there was heavy fighting in the Somali capital of Mogadishu between soldiers in alliance with General Mohamed Farah Aidid and those in alliance with Ali Mohamed Mahdi, the appointed interim president, as well as other, smaller factions. In addition to Mogadishu, there was also conflict in Kismayo. In the northwest, local leaders were pushing to create an independent "Somaliland." The country as a whole was without any form of central government.

The fighting took place at a time of serious drought and that combination proved disastrous for the population at large. By 1992 almost 4.5 million people were threatened with starvation, severe malnutrition and related diseases. Overall, an estimated 300,000 people died. Some 2 million people, violently displaced from their home areas, fled to either neighboring countries or elsewhere within Somalia. All of the central government and at least 60 percent of the country's basic infrastructure were lost.

The United Nations Operation in Somalia was set up to provide humanitarian aid to people trapped by civil war and famine. The mission developed into a broad attempt to help stop the conflict and reestablish the basic framework of aviable government.

In an important new preface to this edition, "Mogadishu, the Fatal Att

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