Clan Cleansing In Somalia: The Ruinous Legacy Of 1991
  • Clan Cleansing In Somalia: The Ruinous Legacy Of 1991
  • Clan Cleansing In Somalia: The Ruinous Legacy Of 1991
  • Clan Cleansing In Somalia: The Ruinous Legacy Of 1991
ISBN: 0812223195
EAN13: 9780812223194
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 13, 2014
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 9" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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In 1991, certain political and military leaders in Somalia, wishing to gain exclusive control over the state, mobilized their followers to use terror--wounding, raping, and killing--to expel a vast number of Somalis from the capital city of Mogadishu and south-central and southern Somalia. Manipulating clan sentiment, they succeeded in turning ordinary civilians against neighbors, friends, and coworkers. Although this episode of organized communal violence is common knowledge among Somalis, its real nature has not been publicly acknowledged and has been ignored, concealed, or misrepresented in scholarly works and political memoirs--until now. Marshaling a vast amount of source material, including Somali poetry and survivor accounts, Clan Cleansing in Somalia analyzes this campaign of clan cleansing against the historical background of a violent and divisive military dictatorship, in the contemporary context of regime collapse, and in relationship to the rampant militia warfare that followed in its wake. Clan Cleansing in Somalia also reflects on the relationship between history, truth, and postconflict reconstruction in Somalia. Documenting the organization and intent behind the campaign of clan cleansing, Lidwien Kapteijns traces the emergence of the hate narratives and code words that came to serve as rationales and triggers for the violence. However, it was Read More chevron_right

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