American Chronicle | Next Time, Say It With Flour: How Cultural Ignorance Led To Failed Operations In Somalia 1992-1993

https://i2.wp.com/2.bp.blogspot.com/_PMR4TbT7pZU/RYv-QGsYBXI/AAAAAAAAAVQ/ipwM6zcoH7g/s320/AmericanChronicleLogo.gifIn the summer of 1992 the United States, as part of a broader United Nations effort, attempted to provide food relief aid to the Somali people. Somalia was torn from years of civil war between rival armed militia groups, organized around clans, all competing for control of territory. By late 1992 the country was nominally ruled by a few powerful clan alliance groups. Mohamed Farrah Aidid led the most active and powerful alliance, the Somali National Alliance (SNA). However, progressing from many to few warring factions was not helping things get better in Somalia. Instead, crime and famine were getting worse as Aidid´s forces sought to confiscate and exploit every possible circumstance to gain advantage over their rivals. This included looting and hampering food aid shipments. Armed militias were extorting the food and medical shipments right at the point of arrival in country, from the airplanes and trucks used by relief workers to bring the food to the needy.

American Chronicle | Next Time, Say It With Flour: How Cultural Ignorance Led To Failed Operations In Somalia 1992-1993

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