A WORLD OF DUST, from The
New Yorker, 1995. The U.N. pulled out of
Somalia leaving no one in charge. There is no government, no
law, and no formal education -- just a rampant wild-frontier
economy in which anything can be had for a price. Is this the
future? by William Finnegan
The mysterious death of Ilaria Alpi. In 1994, Italian Journalist Ilaria Alpi and
cameraman Miran Hrovatin were murdered in Mogadishu after a trip
to the northern town of Bosasso. Some people say she was murdered
because of what she knew: About the torture and killing of Somalis
by Italian soldiers, or about arms shipments from Italy to the
warlords. The Italian government accused a Somali, Hashi Omar
Hassan, of killing Ilaria. But Hashi was acquitted
of the crime in July, 1999. The mystery
The Culture of Aid and the Tragedy
of Somalia by Michael Maren. This article first appeared
in The Village Voice in January, 1993 and gives a background
to current problems and the US/UN intervention.
The Italian Connection: How Rome Helped
Ruin Somalia You always knew it was true. Now read all
the gory details.
Death of a Warlord: A collections
of articles about the death of Mohamed Farah Aydiid and the resulting
succession of his son, Hussein. Includes articles recounting
the Somalia intervention.
Somalia: Aid fuels the conflict.
by Bernhard Helander
October, 20, 1997 Report from Boosasso: Somalia
Finds Many Cash In on Chaos.
Famine Threat Drives Thousands of
Somalis From Homes. From the New York Times, 19 June, 1996.
A story about Somalis finding refuge
and living in San Diego, California. From The San Diego Tribune,
June 3, 1996.
Islam and Somali Clan Wars.
An item from AFP, May 25, 1996.
Somalia's Banana War Continues.
A report from April 24, 1996.
Boosaaso: A Somali City Thrives Without
Aid. From The Washington Post, March 3, 1996.
Somalis Are Not Starving, Nor Are They
Coalescing. From The Washington Post, October 21, 1995.
Return to Somalia; In the Land
that Americans Want to Forget, Some Modest Signs of Success.
Former U.S. ambassador to Somalia Frank Crigler reporting
on his trip to Somalia. From The Washington Post, 15 October,
In The Line of Fire. Somali Journalist
Ali Musa Abdi reflects on the dangers of covering the
war at home.
September 1996 report from Mogadishu.
Part I: The Economic Situation:
Foreigners endanger Somalia's progress.
also, Somali economist Ismail
Ali Siad responds to the economic report.
Part II: The Political Situation:
Faction leaders losing power.