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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Somalia: Stealing From The Dead

More examples of why Modadishu, Somalia is considered a feral city. A Strategy Page report chronicles some of the recent chaos in Somalia:

January 29, 2005: The Mogadishu cemetery desecration has become big news in Italy, and other parts of Europe as well. International aid groups complain that incidents like this, and the recent murder of the Mogadishu police chief, make it difficult to raise money for relief and rebuilding in Somalia. The chaos of clan and warlord militia fighting in Somalia has also discouraged any enthusiasm for sending peacekeeping troops...

January 23, 2005: The police chief of Mogadishu, Yusuf Ahmad Sarinle, was shot dead. He is the fourth senior government official to be killed in Mogadishu in the last four months...

January 22, 2005: Aid groups have concluded that Somali leaders and refugees exaggerated the impact of the December 26 tsunami in order to get more foreign aid...

January 21, 2005: The desecration of the Italian cemetery turned out to be part of a real estate scam. Young gunmen were hired to clear out the graves in the Italian cemetery, which lies on some prime real estate. Land speculators believe that there will soon be a return to law and order, and land prices will rise sharply. The cemetery plan backfired, however, with local political, religious and warlord leaders condemning the cemetery desecration. Apparently half the 1,400 graves were dug up...

The BBC reported that the dug up remains were being dumped near the airport.

SOMALIA: Stealing From The Dead [StrategyPage.com]
Italy to act on Somalia cemetery destruction [afrol News]
Italy to act on Somalia graves [BBC]
Somali militias target cemetery [BBC]
Feral Cites [TJN]

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