Somali Genocide Essay

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In a world full of hate and mass killings, one region in particular seems to excel at doing dastardly deeds. This region would be African and Arabic countries. Somalia and Rwanda are two countries that stand out in particular due to the recent turmoil. The Rwandan genocide is an example of one ethnic group slaughtering another. This is similar to another lesser known, but longer lasting genocide called the Somali Genocide. The Somali genocide started as clan warfare after the fall of Siyad Barre and his regime. The barbaric events occurred over a span of 21 years (1988-2009). It was in 2009 that all foreign powers left the area and an election took place. While this might seem like the beginnings of a new and better and more stable country, …show more content…
On top of the war going on the Somali people were also dealing with famine and disease. The United Nations were only involved for a short period of time before they had to retreat due to the loss of the majority of their people. 11 years later the U.N made a second attempt to help the Somali people. The Islamic leaders viewed these people that were trying to help as “invaders. The United Nations defended the need for peacekeepers. This led to another mission, to try and bring relief to Somalia. …show more content…
Since so many other countries got involved, it is going to be harder to find a solution that works for everyone. In the meantime, the Somali people continue to suffer. This political nightmare shows that sometimes outside help isn 't necessarily "helpful. Although the United States and the other countries were just trying to help Somalia, they may have just caused more harm than good. When these external forces joined, it caused al Qaeda and al shabaab to be angry and they lashed out on the Somali people and the humanitarians. Another problem that was caused by these joint forces is that is made it harder for everyone to be satisfied with a solution, which made this conflict drag on longer than it should

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