Somalia in Conflict


Somalia has been the center of ongoing violence for over 20 years, with government troops fighting against the Islamist group al-Shabab. According to the Council on Foreign Relations, Somalia has been a safe haven for terrorists due to its weakened state. Since 1991, Somalia has lacked a stable central government due to military coups, warlords, and divisions within the state.

This week, civilians have been fleeing the capital Mogadishu because of the fighting. Spokeswomen for the UN Melissa Fleming stated: “We are stepping up our preparedness to intervene and deliver emergency relief to the affected population as soon as the security situation permits.”

Somalia is viewed as a failed state and the only hope the country has for a chance at stability is through building infrastructure. Yet will cells of Al-Qaeda and decentralized jihadis flurishing under lack of governmental security, it will be an uphill battle to pull resources away from fighting terrorists to building a government.

“Unfortunately, they have had to spend time and resources trying to stop the violent attacks by extremists who oppose all their attempts to bring normality back to the country.” -Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah
al-Shabab in Mogadishu
Insurgents in Mogadishu Pro-government Somali militiamen in the capital Mogadishu
Refugees flee to Yemen
Somalian refugees

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