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n African Renaissance - Why Somalia continues to remain a failed state

Volume 3, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305

Abstract

The contemporary Somali condition as well as its image is forever more becoming a visionary testimony to the words of Frantz Fanon, more than half a century ago, that "The African Continent resembles a revolver and Zaire is the trigger." To be sure the trigger has been let go and nowhere is this clearer than in Somalia. By New Year's Eve 1991, the entire Somali State has collapsed and the people of Somalia ended the last decade of the 20th century mourning over the loss of life, property, statehood and national sovereignty instead of celebrating the onset of a new millennium. More importantly, hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled the country, some caught up in deplorable refugee camps, others died on makeshift boats either in the Red Sea or the Mediterranean in the hope of reaching a safe final destination. In the process an entire generation of Somali children missed out on normal childhood, with no basic education and practical knowledge other than what naturally comes out of a failed national existence.

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2019-08-19

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