When We Don’t Learn From Our Failures: Famine in Somalia (The Mantle)

Somalia holds the unfortunate record of being the longest running failed state, going on twenty years without an established government. With the fall of President Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, the country has yet to stabilize and rebuild. This is in large part due to the international community’s lack of follow through on humanitarian assistance and statebuilding commitments to Somalia. What we saw in the early nineties was the United Nations’ attempt to address humanitarian and human rights concerns in the region through UNITAF and UNISOM 1 and 2, but ultimately failing due to lack of support and continued commitment from UN member states. The ramifications of these failures have been immense. Read more…

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