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Chronology of Events: April 1995 - January 1997

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Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 February 1996
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Source: EC Somalia Unit, European Union (EU). August 1995. A Study of Decentralised Political Structures for Somalia: A Menu of Options.


NSC        National Salvation Council

OAU       Organization of African Unity

RRA       Rahanweyn Resistance Army

SDM       Somali Democratic Movement

SNM       Somali National Movement

SPM       Somali Patriotic Movement

SSA        Somali Salvation Alliance

SSDF      Somali Salvation Democratic Front

USC/SNA              United Somali Congress / Somali National Alliance

USF        United Somali Front


The spellings of names of Somali leaders, clans, cities and regions used in this chronology are those which appear most often in the sources consulted. Some common variant spellings are listed below.


Hussein Mohamed Aidid           Aydid, Aydeed, Aideed

Mohamed Farah Aidid        Fara Aydid, Aydeed, Aideed

Osman Hassan Ali Ato       Uthman Ali Ato, Atto, Atoo

Mohamed Ibrahim Egal       Muhammad Haji (or Hajji) Ibrahim Egal
                Igal, Igaal

Mohamed Said Hersi Morgan            Hirsi « Morgan »

Abdirahman Ahmed Ali Tour            Abdurahman « Tur », « Tuur »

Cities and Régions

Baidoa           Baidoha, Baidowa

Bay         Bai

Belet Huen            Beled Weyn, Belet Weyne, Beledweyne, Belet Uen, Beletwein

Bosaso   Boosaaso, Bosasso, Bossaso, Bossasso

Burao     Borao, Buro

Hargeisa                Hargeysa

Hiran      Hiiraan, Hiraan

Huddur  Hoddur, Huddor, Oddur

Kismayo                Chisimayu, Kisimayo, Kismayu, Kismaayo

Merca     Marka, Merka

Mogadishu           Mogadiscio

Shabelle Shebelle


Digil               Dighil

Habar Gedir           Habr Gedir, Habr Gedr, Habr Gidir, Habir Gidir, Haber Gedir

Isaak       Issaq

Mirifleh  Mirifle, Merefle

Mursade                Murasade, Murusade, Murusadeh

Rahanweyn           Rahanwein, Rahanwayn, Rahanweyn, Rahanwin


This chronology updates the DIRB's July 1995 Question and Answer Series paper entitled Somalia: Chronology of Events June 1994-April 1995, which should preferably be read first. For more information on Somalia, you may also consult the following reports published by the DIRB: The Horn of Africa: Somalis in Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya (Feb. 1991), The Horn of Africa: Multiple Citizenship of Ethnic Somalis (June 1991), Somalia: Chronology of Events Since the Fall of Siad Barre (Aug. 1991), Somalia: Inter-NGO Committee for Somalia (UK) (INCS-UK): 1991 Reports - Executive Summary (March 1992), Women in Somalia (Apr. 1994), Somalia: Chronology of Events December 1992-June 1994 (Nov. 1994), Somalia: Update on the Situation in the North (Somaliland) (Jan. 1995), Victims and Vulnerable Groups in Southern Somalia (May 1995).




Jeune Afrique reports that an Islamic court in Mogadishu has condemned a young woman to having part of her lip cut off as a punishment for biting off part of a friend's lip (20-26 Apr. 1995, 36). [Translation] "Since doctors refused to carry out the sentence [...] a fanatic court official" performed the operation himself with a razor (ibid.).

6 April

Approximately one month after the last peacekeepers left Somalia, the UN Security Council states that it will maintain a [translation] "small political mission" to [translation] "promote national reconciliation" (AFP 6 Apr. 1995).

9 April

An Ethiopian diplomat in Somalia, Yemani Abdi, is kidnapped by "bandits" (Africa Research Bulletin May 1995, 11813; AFP 10 Apr. 1995). General Mohamed Farah Aidid condemns the kidnapping (ibid.). Abdi is released three weeks later (Africa Research Bulletin June 1995, 11842; AFP 30 Apr. 1995; Afrique contemporaine July-Sept. 1995, 96).

13 April

According to AFP, the alleged rape of a Luwaye woman by a Galadle man sparks clashes between the Galadle and the Luway, two sub-clans of the Rahanweyn clan. As a result, at least 5 people are killed and 3 injured in the Bai region of southern Somalia (14 Apr. 1995).

19 April

The term of the president of the self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland, Mohamed Ibrahim Egal, is extended by 18 months (Afrique contemporaine July-Sept. 1995; AFP 20 Apr. 1995).


Factional violence reportedly claims more than 30 lives in May (Keesing's Record of World Events 27 June 1995, 40539). The port of Mogadishu is also shelled during the month (Voice of the Somali People 26 May 1995; Voice of the Great Somali People 30 May 1995). The shelling casts doubt on the effectiveness of the agreement signed last March by General Aidid and Acting President Ali Mahdi concerning the opening of Mogadishu's port and airport (Keesing's Record of World Events 27 June 1995, 40539).

5 May

At least four people are killed, and 13 others are injured, during clashes between members of the Mursade and Abgal clans in Mogadishu (Reuters 5 May 1995). The Abgal, who are loyal to Ali Mahdi, have been attempting since September to impose Sharia (Islamic law) in the Bermuda neighbourhood, and at times their attempts have caused heavy fighting between the two clans (ibid.).

8 May

During a press conference, General Aidid's former friend and financier, Osman Hassan Ali Ato, states that Aidid has "neither the support of the Somali people nor that of his own clan" (Africa Confidential 12 May 1995, 3; Indian Ocean Newsletter 13 May 1995, 3; New African July-Aug. 1995, 31). Both men belong to the Saad sub-clan (part of the Habar Gedir clan), but Ato is part of the Reer Ilowle sub-group, whereas Aidid is part of the Reer Jalaf subgroup (Africa Confidential 12 May 1995, 3-4; Indian Ocean Newsletter 13 May 1995, 3).

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that some 6,000 people fleeing fighting between rival militias in Burao, in the self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland, have taken refuge in Ethiopia, bringing the number of Somali refugees in Ethiopia to 80,000 (AFP 10 May 1995). The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) estimates that the fighting in Burao has caused 85,000 civilians to move to surrounding areas of the town and that "thousands" of others have fled to Ethiopia (7 July 1995, 2).


The Islamic organization Jihad al-Islam threatens factional leaders with a holy war [translation] "unless they find a solution to the country's political impasse within two months" (Afrique contemporaine July-Sept. 1995, 96; Radio France Internationale 14 May 1995).

16 May

Charity International-Africa, a charitable organization based in Dubai, states that famine and epidemic diseases threaten the lives of more than 500,000 people in southern Somalia (Keesing's 27 June 1995, 40539).

21-22 May

At least 8 people are reported dead and dozens injured when a demonstration in favour of General Aidid at the Mogadishu airport ends in skirmishes between his supporters and Osman Ato's (Libération 23 May 1995, 10; AFP 22 May 1995).

25 May

Representatives of the Digil and Mirifleh clans set up a Supreme Council to govern a new autonomous regional unit comprising the Bai and Bokol regions, with Baidoa as the capital (Indian Ocean Newsletter 8 July 1995, 4; see also Radio Mogadishu 4 Apr. 1995).

11 June

A meeting of several distinguished members of the Habar Gedir clan ends with General Aidid being ousted from the presidency of the United Somali Congress/Somali National Alliance (USC/SNA); businessman Osman Ato replaces him (Indian Ocean Newsletter 17 June 1995, 2; AFP 11 June 1995). In turn, Aidid's followers reaffirm their support for the General, thus creating a division within the USC/SNA (Indian Ocean Newsletter 17 June 1995, 2). According to some sources, the faction of the USC/SNA supporting Ato is collaborating with General Aidid's rival, Ali Mahdi (Indian Ocean Newsletter 17 June 1995, 2; ibid. 24 June 1995, 4; Le Monde 22 June 1995; VOA 6 Sept. 1995). Aidid is accused by his rivals of placing his own personal interests above the nation's (AFP 11 June 1995), and of "hindering the international community's efforts to help Somalis" (ibid.; Le Devoir 13 June 1995, A5).

14 June

A factional leader and supporter of Ali Mahdi accuses General Aidid's militia of "enslaving" peasant workers on banana plantations in the lower Shabelle region (Deutsche Presse-Agentur 14 June 1995; AFP 14 June 1995); on 23 June, Agence France Presse (AFP) states that farmers have made similar accusations (23 June 1995).

15 June

General Aidid [translation] "is elected acting president of Somalia by his supporters" (Le Monde 22 June 1995; Libération 16 June 1995, 11; Keesing's 24 July 1995, 40587). The next day, his two main rivals, Osman Ato and Ali Mahdi, condemn Aidid's "self-proclamation" (ibid.; New African Sept. 1995, 29; Indian Ocean Newsletter 24 June 1995, 4). On 19 June, General Aidid responds by forming a 60-member government (Le Monde 22 June 1995; Indian Ocean Newsletter 24 June 1995, 4).

1 July

To mark the 35th anniversary of the Somali Republic's independence, President Aidid gives a speech in which he extols free enterprise and invites Somalis living abroad to "return home to help rebuild" Somalia (Voice of the Masses of the Somali Republic 1 July 1995).

7-15 July

Dozens of people are reportedly killed during several skirmishes between rival clans in central Somalia and in Mogadishu (Africa Research Bulletin Aug. 1995, 11927; Reuters 14 July 1995).

9 July

General Aidid asks humanitarian organizations to resume activities in Somalia, stating that, "many people in the capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere in the country are once again suffering from malnutrition and disease" (VOA 9 July 1995; New African Sept. 1995, 29). Employees of these humanitarian organizations had left Somalia after the departure of the UN forces (VOA 9 July 1995). A 28 July Libération article reports that [translation] "four months after the UN peacekeepers' withdrawal, hunger has brutally resurfaced in the Somali capital" (1995, 8).

16 July

General Aidid places Khadija Abdi Fandhe, the head of the Women's Branch of the USC/SNA, [translation] "under house arrest" for a number of days (Le Devoir 17 July 1995, A5; AI 1996, 274; Country Reports 1995 1996, 237). She allegedly criticized his government and warned women to [translation] "beware of General Aidid, who in her opinion was responsible for widowing many women and leaving many children traumatized or orphaned" (Le Devoir 17 July 1995, A5).

17 July

"Aidid is beginning to collect and repaint old battle vehicles—called technicals—as the first step in forming a national army" (Africa Research Bulletin Aug. 1995, 11927; AFP 17 July 1995). In addition, he reportedly informs his followers that Libya has promised to finance the vehicle repairs and pay the militiamen's wages for three months (ibid.; Africa Research Bulletin Aug. 1995, 11927).

22 July

The USC/SNA condemns the kidnapping and detention of journalist Adan Ali by armed men in Mogadishu (Radio Mogadishu 22 July 1995; West Africa 31 July-6 Aug. 1995, 1188). Adan Ali had written articles criticizing some of General Aidid's ideas (AI 1996, 274). According to Amnesty International, the kidnappers were General Aidid's men (ibid.). Adan Ali is freed about two weeks later and leaves the country (ibid.).

30 July

Radio Mogadishu reports that during Aidid's tour of the Jubadda Hoose region in southern Somalia, 4 members of his militia were killed in clashes with the local population (30 July 1995). Apparently the trouble began when "Aidid's men fired, in the General's presence, at a woman who had just openly expressed hostile feelings" about Aidid (ibid.).


In Somaliland, "divisions within the Somali National Movement (SNM), the ruling party, appear to have degenerated into heavy fighting during August" (Keesing's 25 Sept. 1995, 40669; BBC World Service 12 Aug. 1995; AFP 15 Aug. 1995; Voice of the Masses of the Somali Republic 20 Aug. 1995).

7 August

In Kismayo, a town in southern Somalia, an armed attack on a World Food Program (WFP) convoy leaves 3 dead (AFP 8 Aug. 1995).

It is reported that 12 fishermen (11 Pakistanis and 1 Palestinian) who have been held by Aidid's forces for a number of months because they had been fishing illegally in Somali waters, have begun a hunger strike (AFP 24 Aug. 1995). According to one witness, two of them have been beaten (ibid.). Both Osman Ato and Ali Mahdi have condemned the detention of these fishermen, which they describe as "an act of terrorism" (ibid.). On 6 October 1995, General Aidid orders their release "in the spirit of Muslim brotherhood" (Xinhua 6 Oct. 1995).

16-17 August

General Aidid orders all armed clans, factions and individuals to surrender their weapons within the next six months (AFP 16 Aug. 1995). The next day, Osman Ato's faction condemns the "illegal" confiscation of weapons by a group loyal to Aidid (Voice of Somali Pacification 17 Aug. 1995).

17 August

In Nairobi, a conference chaired by Osman Ato ends with several Somali factional leaders agreeing to a national unity plan that would lead to the establishment of a "transitional government" in Somalia (United Nations 19 Jan. 1996, 3; Africa Research Bulletin Sept. 1995, 11960; Voice of Somali Pacification 26 Aug. 1995). One source indicates that all factions present support the plan, except for the pro-Aidid factions and those supporting the president of Somaliland, Mohamed Egal (Africa Research Bulletin Sept. 1995, 11960).

19-29 August

In the divided city of Mogadishu, attempts by General Aidid's men to disarm their rivals by force lead to renewed fighting between Aidid's and Ali Mahdi's factions (Africa Research Bulletin Sept. 1995, 11960; Africa Confidential 8 Sept. 1995, 5-6; Voice of Somali Pacification 19 Aug. 1995; ibid. 27 Aug. 1995). On 19 August, 6 people are reported killed and 14 wounded (Africa Research Bulletin Sept. 1995, 11960); in addition, many more are killed or wounded from 26 to 28 August (AFP 28 Aug. 1995). According to some estimates, more than 18 are killed and 130 wounded between 26 and 29 August (Reuters 28 Aug. 1995; Keesing's 25 Sept. 1995, 40669).

27 August

Approximately 400 Somali refugees in Yemen are sent back to Bosaso in northern Somalia (United Nations 29 Aug. 1995; Xinhua 1 Sept. 1995; AFP 1 Sept. 1995). On 1 September, the Somaliland weekly Kaaha Bari reports that these refugees, most of whom are women and children, could starve to death in Bosaso (ibid.). They reportedly spent about one week in Yemen prisons; some of them state they were harassed during captivity (ibid.; United Nations 29 Aug. 1995). A few days after these refugees are sent back, UN workers travel to Bosaso to provide humanitarian assistance to them (Xinhua 1 Sept. 1995; Reuters 3 Sept. 1995).

4 September

General Aidid's radio station announces that "the President of the Somali Republic and his Vice-Presidents [...] with Cabinet" have just passed several pieces of legislation concerning passports, travel, regional autonomy and aid organizations (Voice of the Masses of the Somali Republic 4 Sept. 1995).

5 September

Ali Musa Abdi, a correspondent for AFP and the BBC in Somalia, is arrested in Mogadishu by General Aidid's men (AI 14 Sept. 1995; AFP 11 Sept. 1995). According to the pro-Aidid radio station, Abdi [translation] "will be put on trial for 'serious crimes' committed against the 'government' established by General Aidid" (ibid.; Le Monde 14 Sept. 1995). Amnesty International (which calls Abdi a prisoner of conscience) (14 Sept. 1995; AFP 11 Sept. 1995) and six Somali factional leaders, including Ali Mahdi, demand the journalist's unconditional release (ibid.). A few weeks later, on 27 September, Abdi manages to escape and flees to north Mogadishu (AI 1996, 274; Radio Mogadishu 27 Sept. 1995).

12 September

In south Mogadishu, witnesses report fatal clashes between militias of the Duduble and Ayr sub-clans of the Habar Gedir clan (Le Monde 14 Sept. 1995; BBC World Service 12 Sept. 1995). The same day, unidentified assailants murder six imams in south Mogadishu (ibid.; Le Monde 14 Sept. 1995; Reuters 12 Sept. 1995).

16-17 September

Aidid captures the town of Baidoa in southwest Somalia (Africa Research Bulletin Oct. 1995, 11994; Keesing's 24 Oct. 1995, 40714-40715; VOA 17 Sept. 1995; AFP 18 Sept. 1995). His rival, Ali Mahdi, "threatens to declare 'all-out war' on him if he does not withdraw from the town within the next 24 hours (Keesing's 24 Oct. 1995, 40714-15; AFP 18 Sept. 1995). At least 17 foreign workers in Somalia are reportedly kidnapped by Aidid's forces during the battle to capture Baidoa (ibid.; Voice of Somali Pacification 19 Sept. 1995; Afrique contemporaine Jan.-March 1996, 87). All of them are released over the next five days (ibid.; Reuters 22 Sept. 1995; Le Monde 25 Sept. 1995).

24 September

Aidid's self-proclaimed government announces that Libya is the first country to recognize it (Africa Research Bulletin Oct. 1995, 11976). On 7 November, Aidid sends a message to President Qaddafi, thanking him for his recognition and assistance (Voice of the Masses of the Somali Republic 7 Nov. 1995). The Libyan government does not confirm that it has recognized Aidid's government (Reuters 17 Oct. 1995; United Nations 19 Jan. 1996, 3). However, a September 1996 article states that the Aidid government was apparently recognized by Libya and by Sudan (Reuters 18 Sept. 1996).

7 October

Some of General Aidid's opponents form a committee to bring about the resumption of banana product exports, the main source of foreign revenue in Somalia (Keesing's 23 Nov. 1995, 40763). The previous month, Aidid announced his government would impose an export tax on banana products (Indian Ocean Newsletter 7 Oct. 1995, 4; also see Voice of the Masses of the Somali Republic 19 Sept. 1995). His two main rivals, Ali Mahdi and Osman Ato, responded by denying banana-exporting companies access to Somali ports (Indian Ocean Newsletter 7 Oct. 1995, 4; United Nations 19 Jan. 1996, 3; USAID 29 Nov. 1995, 1; Voice of Somali Pacification 1 Oct. 1995; Reuters 17 Oct. 1995). The embargo is lifted later after the two companies make an appeal; however, the Mogadishu International Airport remains closed (USAID 29 Nov. 1995, 2).

11 October

Fighting in Baidoa between Aidid's militia and local clans (AFP 11 Oct. 1995), particularly the Lisan sub-clan (Xinhua 11 Oct. 1995), claims at least 15 lives and leaves close to 30 wounded (ibid.; AFP 11 Oct. 1995) [translation] "in the militia's ranks" (ibid.). The fighting also causes [translation] "heavy civilian losses" (ibid.) and the flight of "more than 100 families" (Xinhua 11 Oct. 1995). Three days later, Osman Ato's radio station reports that according to a USC/SNA spokesperson, between 10 and 12 October Aidid's troops "massacred" civilians, mostly women and children, particularly in the Baidoa region but elsewhere as well (Voice of Somali Pacification 14 Oct. 1995).

12 October

According to the USC/SNA, the vice-chairman of its reconciliation committee, Hasan Dhimbil Warsameh, survives an attack by "armed men loyal to General Aidid." During the attack, which occurred in a locality 30 km west of Mogadishu, four of Dhimbil's bodyguards are killed, and five other people are wounded (Keesing's 23 Nov. 1995, 40763; West Africa 23-29 Oct. 1995, 1627).

16 October

The pro-Ato radio station reports that Mogadishu is becoming less and less safe, with Aidid's forces attempting to extort taxes from merchants and forcibly collect taxes they are imposing on public transit vehicles (Voice of Somali Pacification 16 Oct. 1995; also see Voice of the Masses of the Somali Republic 17 Oct. 1995; ibid. 2 Nov. 1995). Two weeks later, there are reports of two incidents in which Aidid's militia shoot at vehicles whose drivers refused to pay the tax; the driver of one vehicle is killed and several people wounded (Voice of Somali Pacification 2 Nov. 1995).

18 October

In Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, the treason trial of former Somaliland president Abdirahman Ahmed Ali Tour and a number of his collaborators [translation] "begins, in absentia" (Afrique contemporaine Jan.-March 1996; AFP 18 Oct. 1995). Tour currently is the first vice-president in Aidid's self-proclaimed government (AFP 17 Jan. 1996). On 14 February 1996, three former members of the Government of Somaliland, currently General Aidid's allies, are sentenced to death in absentia, on charges of treason and involvement in a rebellion against the Somaliland government headed by Egal (AFP 15 Feb. 1996; Xinhua 15 Feb. 1996; Reuters 14 Feb. 1996).

22 October

In Merca, southern Somalia, a doctor of Italian origin is killed and one of her co-workers injured by armed men in a clinic run by a Catholic charitable organization (Africa Research Bulletin Nov. 1995, 12033; Reuters 22 Oct. 1995; USAID 29 Nov. 1995, 2). General Aidid reportedly orders an investigation into the incident (ibid.).

28 October

According to Radio Hargeisa, Government of Somaliland forces kill 35 members of the Issa clan and repel their attack on an army post in the village of Jidhi (Africa Research Bulletin Dec. 1995, 12063). However, these reports are denied by the leader of the United Somali Front (USF), Abdi Umar Ahmad Ananung (Radio Mogadishu 31 Oct. 1995).

30 October

In Baidoa, witnesses report that in the past two days, "at least 21 people lost their lives and 18 others were wounded" in fighting between Aidid's forces and the Rahanweyn Resistance Army (RRA) (AFP 30 Oct. 1995). Apparently the two groups had already been fighting "sporadically" since last September when Aidid captured Baidoa (ibid.). On 7 November, at least 17 people are reported killed and 15 wounded (Reuters 7 Nov. 1995), while on 16 November, more than 15 are killed and 20 wounded in fighting between these same groups (AFP 16 Nov. 1995). Similarly, on 6 December, other clashes between the same two groups claim at least 17 lives (ibid. 6 Dec. 1995).

30 November

Colonel Omar Hashi Aden, vice-president of the United Somali Congress/Somali Patriotic Movement (USC/SPM), a political organization of the Hawadle clan, accuses Aidid's forces, who were recently expelled from the Hiran region (central Somalia) which they had occupied for eight months, of looting and destroying the region, as well as causing the deaths of 487 Hawadle civilians (AFP 30 Nov. 1995). Aden also appeals to the international community to come to the Hawadle's assistance so as to "prevent a humanitarian disaster" (ibid.).

4 December

Fighting intensifies between the Abgal and Mursade sub-clans. An estimated 26 people have died since the hostilities began the previous week, and dozens of others have been wounded (AFP 4 Dec. 1995; see the entry for 5 May 1995). Apparently the conflict is worsening because of the fight to gain control of the road between Mogadishu and Baidoa (AFP 4 Dec. 1995).

6 December

A decree by the Islamic leader of north Mogadishu makes it illegal to own any weapon without a permit (AFP 6 Dec. 1995; Radio Mogadishu 7 Dec. 1995).

26 December

Italian agronomist Marco Lorenzetti, who was kidnapped in Mogadishu on 18 December, is released (RAI TV 26 Dec. 1995; USAID 9 Apr. 1996, 2). He reportedly was arrested by Aidid's men for "breaking the immigration rules set by Aidid, which forbid foreigners from entering Somalia through ports or airports not controlled by him" (ibid.; also see Reuters 12 Oct. 1995).



The RRA states it has won a major victory in Baidoa over General Aidid's forces (Voice of the Somali Republic 4 Jan. 1996; Africa Research Bulletin Feb. 1996, 12133) and that it has repelled their attack on Kismayo (ibid.).

8 January

In north Mogadishu, a region held by Ali Mahdi, the Islamic court's militia interrupt a concert, take about 30 musicians into custody and confiscate their instruments (Africa News Service 5 Feb. 1996; AFP 11 Jan. 1996). Two days later, the musicians, accused of "corrupting the morals of Somalis" (Africa News Service 5 Feb. 1996), are sentenced to twenty lashes each by an Islamic court; some are punished in public (ibid.; AFP 11 Jan. 1996; ibid. 23 Jan. 1996; Deutsche Presse-Agentur 11 Jan. 1996).

11 January

Libération citing information broadcast by Osman Ato's radio station, reports that clashes in Kismayo (southern Somalia) between Osman Ato's followers and those of Mohamed Said Hersi Morgan have claimed at least 15 lives and left several wounded (13-14 Jan. 1996, 12).

15 January

In Burao, Somaliland, a government attack against opposition forces supported by General Aidid leaves at least 59 people dead (Africa Research Bulletin Feb. 1996, 12133; AFP 16 Jan. 1996) and 130 wounded (ibid.).

16 January

Aidid's forces defeat the RRA and capture the town of Huddur in southwest Somalia (Indian Ocean Newsletter 20 Jan. 1996, 8; AFP 20 Jan. 1996; Africa News Service 5 Feb. 1996; Africa Confidential 16 Feb. 1996, 3). The battle for Huddur reportedly leaves at least 18 people dead (Africa News Service 5 Feb. 1996; AFP 17 Jan. 1996) and 47 wounded, and forces about 70 per cent of the population to leave the town (ibid.). A few days later, on 19 and 20 January, an attempt by the RRA to regain control of the town leaves at least 27 people dead and 32 wounded (Africa News Service 5 Feb. 1996; AFP 20 Jan. 1996). However, on 7 April, the BBC World Service reports that the RRA announced in a communiqué that it had recaptured the town of Huddur from General Aidid's army (7 Apr. 1996).

29 January

New fighting between the Abgal and Mursade clans in north Mogadishu reportedly leaves 31 people dead and about 60 wounded (AFP 29 Jan. 1996; Afrique contemporaine Apr.-June 1996, 88; see the entries for 5 May and 4 Dec. 1995).


General Aidid's militia capture the town of Dinsor, near Baidoa (Africa Research Bulletin March 1996, 12170).

26 February

It is reported that since January, dozens of people belonging to the Bantu ethnic minority in the lower Juba region of southern Somalia have been massacred by members of the Galje'el clan loyal to a local warlord who is a supporter of General Aidid (Afrique contemporaine Apr.-June 1996; Xinhua 26 Feb. 1996).


Cholera is reported to be on the rise in several regions of the country (USAID 9 Apr. 1996, 2). It is suspected that at least 4,000 people have been stricken by the disease in March, with about one hundred deaths resulting (ibid.). However, three months later, reports state that the cholera epidemic that has afflicted the country since January 1996 has diminished substantially, thanks to a chlorination program (United Nations n.d., 1).

1 March

New fighting is reported between Aidid's men and the RRA around the village of Daynuunay (Xinhua 3 March 1996; Voice of the Somali Republic 3 March 1996). At least 11 of Aidid's militia are reported killed, and 13 others wounded; four RRA soldiers are also reported to have lost their lives (ibid.; Xinhua 3 March 1996).

9 March

Elman Ali Ahmed, a peace activist, is murdered by three masked men in south Mogadishu, a region controlled by General Aidid (Africa Research Bulletin Apr. 1996, 12204; Indian Ocean Newsletter 16 March 1996, 4; AI 18 March 1996). He had recently had problems with Aidid's self-proclaimed government (Africa Research Bulletin Apr. 1996, 12204) and was planning to leave the country (ibid.; AI 18 March 1996; AFP 10 March 1996). Aidid's faction denies responsibility for the murder (ibid.).

10 March

Ali Mahdi, leader of the faction that controls north Mogadishu, is elected president of the United Somali Congress/Somali Salvation Alliance (USC/SSA) (Xinhua 11 March 1996; BBC World Service 11 March 1996; Indian Ocean Newsletter 16 March 1996, 4). This political/ethnic faction is made up of the Hawiyya members of the Abgal tribe (ibid.).

15 March

In the town of Jowhar, located in central Somalia north of Mogadishu, a 30-year-old married man, Mohamed Ali Arran, is stoned to death after an Islamic court sentences him to death for raping a 15-year-old girl (AI 18 March 1996; AFP 16 March 1996). According to AFP, if Arran had been a bachelor, he would have been sentenced to 100 lashes rather than to death (ibid.). This is reported to be the seventh execution by stoning in Somalia since the Somali state collapsed in 1991 (AI 18 March 1996).

16 March

The pro-Ali Mahdi radio station reports that the RRA killed nine members of General Aidid's militia and injured 15 others in an attack on a house where General Aidid was hiding (Radio Mogadishu 17 March 1996).

19 March

According to witnesses, fighting between General Aidid's and Osman Ato's militias in Merca claims at least 6 lives and leaves 12 wounded (Africa Research Bulletin Apr. 1996, 12204). The next day, Ato's militia, which had captured Merca a few days earlier, withdraws from the town (AFP 20 March 1996). However, fighting between the two rival factions of the USC/SNA south of Mogadishu continues for several days (ibid. 22 March 1996; ibid. 26 March 1996; Reuters 26 March 1996).

22 March

Five UN workers, kidnapped 21 March by an armed man south of Mogadishu, are freed by villagers who apparently learned of the kidnapping through the BBC (Reuters 22 March 1996; USAID 9 Apr. 1996, 2). The kidnapper is reported to be a former Somali employee of UNICEF demanding money (ibid.; Reuters 22 March 1996).

24 March

Militiamen loyal to General Aidid loot the village of El-Ali near the town of Belet Huen in central Somalia, killing at least one person and wounding seven (AFP 24 March 1996; BBC World Service 24 March 1996).

27 March

In south Mogadishu, a deputy minister in Aidid's self-proclaimed government, Elmi Ahmed Sharmarke, is murdered in his home by unidentified armed assailants (Reuters 28 March 1996). Sharmarke belonged to the Hawadle sub-clan, most of whose members are opposed to Aidid's government (ibid.).

30 March

The pro-Ato radio station reports that four peace activists have been killed by militiamen loyal to General Aidid in the Jamaame district of southern Somalia (Voice of Somali Pacification 30 March 1996; Deutsche Presse-Agentur 30 March 1996).

31 March

More than 60 members of General Aidid's armed militia defect to Ali Mahdi's camp; most of these men are Rahanweyns who accuse General Aidid of discriminating against them (BBC World Service 31 March 1996; AFP 31 March 1996; Xinhua 31 March 1996).

4 April

Fighting between General Aidid's and Osman Ato's forces flares up in Mogadishu and continues "sporadically" over the course of the month (Africa Research Bulletin May 1996, 12241; Keesing's 23 May 1996, 41035). On 9 April, the Red Cross states that at least 100 people, including many civilians, were killed and 410 wounded (Africa Research Bulletin May 1996, 12241; Reuters 9 Apr. 1996). On 19 April, more fighting between the two factions claims more than 19 lives, leaves 47 injured, and forces dozens of families to flee the region (BBC World Service 19 Apr. 1996; Reuters 20 Apr. 1996). Ato's faction accuses Aidid of instigating the fighting and deliberately targeting civilian areas (Voice of Somali Pacification 6 Apr. 1996; ibid. 9 Apr. 1996; BBC World Service 19 Apr. 1996). One victim of the fighting is Osman Ato's son, Abdi Sallan Ali Ato, who dies on 11 April (ibid. 12 Apr. 1996; IPS 24 Apr. 1996).

13 April

In a report to the UN Security Council, Special Counsellor Chinmaya Gharekhan states "there has been no improvement in the political and security situation in Somalia since the UN peace forces left in February and March 1995" (Keesing's 23 May 1996, 41035). He also reports that "malnutrition and disease" are on the rise (ibid.).

16 April

More than 45 Somalis fleeing to Yemen die when the [translation] "overloaded boat" they were on capsizes near the Yemen coast (AFP 7 May 1996; AP 9 May 1996).

17 April

Two bombs explode in a refugee camp in south Mogadishu, killing 9 people, including 3 children, and injuring at least 15 (Africa Research Bulletin May 1996, 12241; Reuters 20 Apr. 1996).

22 April

According to witnesses, militiamen loyal to General Aidid attack a civilian bus in south Mogadishu, killing 6 and injuring 5 (Reuters 22 Apr. 1996). In addition, Aidid's militia reportedly disperse a women's peace demonstration (ibid.; Voice of Somali Pacification 22 Apr. 1996; Middle East International 24 May 1996, 16).

The UNHCR announces the start of a new [translation] "massive repatriation operation" for some 2,000 Somali refugees in Kenya (AFP 22 Apr. 1996). In 1995, according to the UNHCR, about 40,000 Somali refugees in Kenya were repatriated while some 7,000 new refugees entered that country (World Refugee Survey 1996, 1996, 52).

27 April

At a meeting in Mogadishu, the USC/SNA faction supporting Osman Ato approves the establishment of Islamic courts in south Mogadishu, with a view to undermining General Aidid's authority (Indian Ocean Newsletter 4 May 1996, 2). Islamic courts already exist in north Mogadishu, where Ali Mahdi's forces dominate (ibid.; AFP 3 May 1996).

28 April

Aidid's militia [translation] "fired upon a gathering in Mogadishu's main mosque," killing one person and wounding seven (AFP 3 May 1996). Sheikh Omar Faruq, the imam of the mosque, is among the wounded (ibid.; Middle East International 24 May 1996, 16).

6 May

The Somali Democratic Movement/Somali Salvation Alliance (SDM/SSA) and the Somali Democratic Movement/Somali National Alliance (SDM/SNA) decide to work together to counter the violence perpetrated by General Aidid's faction (Radio Mogadishu 6 May 1996; Africa Research Bulletin June 1996, 12279; West Africa 13-19 May 1996, 732).

8 May

In Merca, clashes between two rival militias from the Habar Gedir clan cause six fatalities and leave seven people wounded (AFP 8 May 1996). A dispute over administration of the town's port apparently triggered the conflict (ibid.).

12-14 May

New clashes in the Dinsor district between Aidid's troops and RRA activists claim several lives and leave many wounded (AFP 13 May 1996; Radio Mogadishu 14 May 1996).


General Aidid signs an order requiring UN agencies and NGOs (except for the Red Cross and the Somali Red Crescent) to limit their humanitarian activities to regions controlled by his supporters (Indian Ocean Newsletter 18 May 1996, 4).

18 May

The British Foreign Minister reports that negotiations are under way to secure the release of 3 people kidnapped in Somalia—one Briton, one German and one Somali (AFP 18 May 1996; Africa Research Bulletin June 1996, 12282). They reportedly are released two days later (ibid.).

19 May

The self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland celebrates the fifth anniversary of its independence (Africa Research Bulletin June 1996, 12282; Keesing's 21 June 1996, 41083). Somaliland is still not recognized by the international community (ibid.; Africa Research Bulletin June 1996, 12282).

25 May

A USC/SSA spokesman uses the words "shameful and inhuman" to describe efforts by Aidid's militia to sabotage all humanitarian assistance provided to his opponents by UNICEF and other aid organizations (Radio Mogadishu 21 May 1996).


General Aidid expands his cabinet to 6 vice-presidents and 93 ministers (Africa Research Bulletin July 1996, 12303). He also appoints Mohamed Omar Habeb governor of Mogadishu (ibid.; Indian Ocean Newsletter 8 June 1996, 4). Habeb, who recently defected to Aidid's camp, is a former Ali Mahdi supporter (Africa Research Bulletin July 1996, 12303; Indian Ocean Newsletter 8 June 1996, 4).

12 June

In Somaliland, 15 civilians (including 2 Somali employees working for the humanitarian agency CARE International) die in inter-clan clashes (Africa Research Bulletin July 1996, 12314).

13 June

Three people are killed and 4 wounded when Somali rebels attack a World Food Program (WFP) convoy near the town of Hargeisa in Somaliland (TASS 13 June 1996).

Humanitarian aid workers state that fighting between Aidid's forces and those of Osman Ato have left 10 dead and 23 wounded in south Mogadishu (Africa Research Bulletin July 1996, 12314). Three other people reportedly died in clashes that occurred 16 June (ibid.). A few days later, in the night between 23 and 24 June, fighting between the same factions worsens, killing 11 and injuring 37 in south Mogadishu. Osman Ato's forces manage to capture a "strategic road linking Mogadishu to regions in the south" (Xinhua 24 June 1996).

27 June

Fighting close to the green line dividing the city of Mogadishu forces non-essential staff of several NGOs to evacuate (Reuters 27 June 1996). Over the past six days, some 50-60 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in these clashes between Aidid's and Ato's factions (ibid.).

1 July

General Aidid asks religious leaders to help establish Sharia in Somalia (Reuters 2 July 1996; Africa Confidential 5 July 1996, 8).

8 July

Le Devoir reports that for the first time [translation] "militias linked to Islamic courts" participate in fighting between Aidid and Mahdi supporters in Mogadishu (8 July 1996, A5). Over two days, [translation] "about 40 people are killed and roughly 100 are injured" in this fighting (ibid.).

12 July

According to witnesses, two mortar shells strike the Digfer Hospital in Mogadishu during fighting between the Aidid and Ato factions; 6 people die and about 20 others are hurt (Reuters 13 July 1996). Clashes between Aidid's and Mahdi's militias have reportedly claimed at least 110 lives and left 190 wounded over the last four weeks (ibid.).

21-23 July

Fighting continues in Mogadishu between Aidid's and Ato's militia. Witnesses report 7 people dead and 15 wounded on 21 and 22 July (Reuters 22 July 1996). Moreover, on 23 July, at least 20 people are reportedly killed and 50 others wounded south of Mogadishu in fighting between Aidid and Mahdi supporters (AFP 23 July 1996).

Late July

It is rumoured that General Aidid [translation] "has been badly wounded" during recent fighting in Mogadishu and that [translation] "his life is apparently in danger" (Libération 27-28 July 1996, 6; Voice of the Somali Republic 25 July 1996).

In Somaliland, clashes between the Idagale and the Abdalla Isaaq, two sub-clans of the Garhajis clan, leave 23 dead and 30 wounded near Qoton, 40 km southeast of the capital, Hargeisa (Reuters 1 Aug. 1996).

1 August

General Aidid dies at the age of 62 as the result of injuries sustained during fighting in Mogadishu between his faction and Mahdi's (Le Monde 3 Aug. 1996; Voice of Somali Pacification 2 Aug. 1996; AFP 6 Aug. 1996). Three days later, his 34-year-old son, Hussein Mohamed Aidid, a former US Marine, replaces him as leader of the USC/SNA (ibid.; Reuters 12 Aug. 1996; Le Monde 6 Aug. 1996) and as acting president of Somalia (ibid.). Hussein Aidid and his government state that the general died of a heart attack, not of injuries sustained in the fighting (Reuters 12 Aug. 1996; Voice of the Masses of the Somali Republic 2 Aug. 1996). After the death of General Aidid, the factions of his rivals Mahdi and Ato call for a cease-fire (United Nations 9 Aug. 1996; Voice of Somali Pacification 2 Aug. 1996; Le Monde 19 Aug. 1996; Journal de Genève et Gazette de Lausanne 24 Aug. 1996).

5 August

In his first speech, Hussein Aidid vows to follow in his father's footsteps and to "'eliminate his domestic and foreign adversaries'" (IPS 9 Aug. 1996; Journal de Genève et Gazette de Lausanne 24 Aug. 1996). In turn, Ali Mahdi threatens to break the cease-fire, and Ali Ato warns that Hussein Aidid's "inflammatory" remarks could rekindle an inter-clan war in Somalia (IPS 9 Aug. 1996; AFP 5 Aug. 1996).

8-9 August

The Ethiopian army carries out raids in the Gedo region of southwest Somalia in order to punish the Somali Islamic Movement Al-Ittihad al-Islami for its [translation] "terrorist" activities in Ethiopia. Both sides reportedly lose men and equipment (Le Monde 12 Aug. 1996; Africa Research Bulletin 26 Sept. 1996, 12357; AFP 10 Aug. 1996; ibid. 12 Aug. 1996; ibid. 31 Aug. 1996).

10-12 August

Fighting between Ali Mahdi's and Hussein Aidid's factions flares up in the capital and surrounding areas (AFP 11 Aug. 1996; Reuters 12 Aug. 1996). Witnesses state that the fighting left several people dead or injured, and displaced hundreds of families (ibid.; AFP 11 Aug. 1996; Reuters 12 Aug. 1996).

26 August

In the central town of Galkayo, armed clashes between members of the USC/SNA faction loyal to Hussein Aidid and members of the Somali Salvation Democratic Front (SSDF) leave at least two people dead and four wounded (AFP 26 Aug. 1996).

14 September

In the Bakol region of central Somalia, fighting between the militia of the Jirron sub-clan loyal to Aidid and RRA members leaves six dead and eight wounded (AFP 14 Sept. 1996). About one month later, on 13 October, the RRA states that Hussein Aidid's militia has killed at least 5 people and wounded 23 others during fighting between the same factions in Gof-Gadud and Qahira, two villages located about 30 km from Baidoa. The RRA also accuses its enemies of setting fire to 73 houses (ibid. 13 Oct. 1996).

17 September

Two representatives of Somalfruit, a banana exporting company, are murdered by unidentified armed assailants in the lower Shabelle region (Reuters 18 Sept. 1996).

18 September

Witnesses report that unidentified armed men fired at a bus in south Mogadishu, killing five civilians and injuring seven others (Reuters 18 Sept. 1996). According to a witness, most of the victims belonged to the Mursade sub-clan loyal to Mohamed Kanyare Afrah, the Interior Minister in Farah Aidid's government (ibid.)

19 September

Hilal Mohamed Aden, an employee of a Swedish peace organization and the brother of an RRA politician, is wounded and abducted by armed men from his home in north Mogadishu (AFP 19 Sept. 1996; Reuters 5 Oct. 1996). In the following weeks, UN aid agencies and charitable NGOs cease non-essential operations as a means of pressing for Aden's release (ibid.; AFP 2 Nov. 1996). Aden is released about one and a half months later (ibid.). On 22 September, Abdi Abshir Kahie, another peace activist and a press officer for Osman Ato's USC/SNA, is murdered by armed men at his residence in south Mogadishu (ibid. 22 Sept. 1996).

4 October

Mohamed Ahmed Nuur, the secretary general of the USC/SNA faction supporting Osman Ato, is murdered in Mogadishu, as well as two other supporters of the faction (Reuters 5 Oct. 1996; The Independent 6 Oct. 1996). Ato's faction attributes these deaths to Aidid's supporters (ibid.; Reuters 5 Oct. 1996).

10 October

Reports indicate that at the invitation of Kenya's President Moi, the three main factional leaders in Somalia, Hussein Aidid, Ali Mahdi and Osman Ato, are holding peace talks in Nairobi (AFP 10 Oct. 1996; Indian Ocean Newsletter 12 Oct. 1996, 3). On 15 October, they agree to a peace plan that includes a cease-fire, the elimination of roadblocks in Mogadishu and free passage of humanitarian assistance (Deutsche Presse-Agentur 15 Oct. 1996; ibid. 16 Oct. 1996; Africa Confidential 18 Oct. 1996, 4-5). Nevertheless, in the last week of October, fighting between Ato's and Aidid's factions reportedly resumes, claiming dozens of lives and leaving many people injured (AFP 2 Nov. 1996; Reuters 1 Nov. 1996; The Record 2 Nov. 1996). On 6 November, a source states that the death toll has risen to 95 (ibid. 6 Nov. 1996), and on 16 November, 19 more people are reported dead (including 8 children) and 23 others wounded (AP 16 Nov. 1996; The Record 17 Nov. 1996).

6 November

Radio Hargeisa reports that the president of Somaliland, Muhamed Egal, has amnestied and freed 669 prisoners of war who were captured during the civil wars in Somaliland (6 Nov. 1996).

11 November

Fighting resumes between the RRA and Hussein Aidid's militia to gain control of the town of Huddur. According to witnesses, at least 7 are killed and 13 wounded (AFP 12 Nov. 1996; Arab Press Service Organisation 16 Nov. 1996) Aidid's militia succeeds in capturing the town (AFP 12 Nov. 1996).

15-18 November

About 30 Somali traditional and religious chiefs, intellectuals and businessmen attend a peace conference in Nakuru, Kenya (AFP 22 Nov. 1996; Xinhua 21 Nov. 1996; Indian Ocean Newsletter 30 Nov. 1996, 2). The aim of the conference, financed by the European Union (EU), is "to examine possibilities of decentralising political institutions in Somalia as a means to achieve peace" (AFP 22 Nov. 1996; ibid. 18 Nov. 1996). Aidid's faction accuses the EU of trying to "destroy the unity of Somalia" and refuses to take part in the conference (ibid. 22 Nov. 1996; ibid. 18 Nov. 1996). In addition, talks between the Somali political factions are scheduled to take place towards the end of November in Ethiopia, but Aidid's faction has said it will boycott these as well (Indian Ocean Newsletter 23 Nov. 1996; Arab Press Service Organisation 14 Dec. 1996; AFP 19 Nov. 1996), apparently because it was not invited as the Government of Somalia (ibid.).

18 November

Continuing clashes between Aidid's and Ato's militias in south Mogadishu claim 14 lives, leave 30 others wounded, and force six primary schools to remain closed indefinitely (AP 19 Nov. 1996). On 22 and 23 November, 17 more people are killed and 25 others wounded in clashes between the same groups (ibid. 23 Nov. 1996; Reuters 23 Nov. 1996).

11 December

At least six people are killed and nine others wounded in fighting between Aidid's and Ato's factions in the village of Mugambo, located in southern Somalia (Xinhua 12 Dec. 1996; AFP 12 Dec. 1996).

14-18 December

More than 107 people are killed and some 900 others wounded in five days of fighting between Aidid's supporters and opponents (The Toronto Star 18 Dec. 1996; AP 18 Dec. 1996; The Baltimore Sun 18 Dec. 1996; The New York Times 19 Dec. 1996).

24 December

Ethopia's Defence Ministry claims to have repulsed an attack launched across the Somalia-Ethiopia border by members of the Al-Ittihad al-Islami Islamic group, "killing or wounding more than 100 attackers" (Reuters 24 Dec. 1996). In turn, Al-Ittihad al-Islami claims to have killed 70 Ethiopian soldiers and accuses Ethiopia of occupying the Somali town of Dollo, in the Gedo region (TASS 24 Dec. 1996). Sheikh Mohamed Moa'lin Hassan, a "moderate" Muslim leader, calls for a holy war against Ethiopia, a position that is later echoed by Ali Hassan Ali, the Sudanese chargé d'affaires in Somalia (AFP 25 Dec. 1996; ibid. 29 Dec. 1996; Arab Press Service Organisation 31 Dec. 1996). The incursion by Ethiopian forces into Somalian territory is also denounced by Aidid's government (ibid.; AFP 29 Dec. 1996; Voice of the Masses of the Somali Republic 26 Dec. 1996).


2 January

Hussein Aidid orders all foreign workers and journalists in Mogadishu to get residence permits from his government's immigration officers or risk "'severe punishment'" (Reuters 2 Jan. 1997; Xinhua 2 Jan. 1997).

3 January

It is reported that the peace talks among 26 Somali faction leaders that have been going on in Ethiopia for several weeks have resulted in the creation of a 41-member National Salvation Council (NSC) charged with the task of preparing the transition to a provisional central government (ibid. 3 Jan. 1997; AFP 3 Jan. 1997; Reuters 3 Jan. 1997b; see the entry for 15-18 November 1996). Both Hussein Aidid and Somaliland president Mohamed Egal boycotted these peace talks (ibid.; Deutsche Presse-Agentur 4 Jan. 1997; AP 4 Jan. 1997).

Hussein Aidid's faction accuses the Ethiopian government of violating the 1992 United Nations arms embargo against Somalia by providing arms to Ali Mahdi's faction; this allegation is denied by one of Ali Mahdi's representatives (Reuters 3 Jan. 1997a).

4 January

Hassan Dahir Aweys, Al-Ittihad al-Islami's military chief, announces that the movement will become a political party in keeping with its intention "to rule Somalia by either political or military means" in accordance with the principles of Sharia (Xinhua 4 Jan. 1997; AFP 4 Jan. 1997). At the same time, Aweys rejects the peace accord recently signed in Ethiopia by Somali politicians, claiming that "it is not rooted in the teachings of Islam" (AP 5 Jan. 1997; Reuters 5 Jan. 1997; Xinhua 4 Jan. 1997).

6 January

The Interior Minister in Aidid's government, Mohamed Kanyare Afrah, threatens to "arrest all those who attended the [...] talks in Ethiopia and charge them with treason" (Reuters 6 Jan. 1997; AP 6 Jan. 1997; The Record 7 Jan. 1997).

13 January

The NSC, created as a result of the recent peace talks in Ethiopia, appeals to the United Nations to prevent the transfer of "a great quantity of arms and counterfeit Somali shilling banknotes" from Hong Kong to the port of Merca, which is controlled by Aidid's faction (Reuters 13 Jan. 1997; Xinhua 13 Jan. 1997; AFP 13 Jan. 1997). In addition, the NSC urges Aidid to join the other Somali factions in their efforts to restore peace to the country (ibid.; Reuters 13 Jan. 1997).

At least three people are killed and 22 others wounded as Ali Mahdi's supporters and the followers of Sheikh Ali Dhere, a religious leader, clash in Mogadishu (Deutsche Presse-Agentur 14 Jan. 1997).

14 January

The Somali Independent Journalists Union (SIJU), founded a year ago, protests against the "continuous intimidation and harassment" of Somali journalists by supporters of the various faction leaders (Xinhua 15 Jan. 1997), and Reporters sans frontières condemns the "violence and repression against journalists in Somalia, perpetrated by political factions and Mogadishu's Islamic courts" (AFP 15 Jan. 1997).

17 January

Hussein Aidid denies rumours that the arms shipped to Somalia are meant for him; he claims that, on the contrary, they are being sent to his political opponents by Ethiopia (AFP 17 Jan. 1997; also see the entry for 13 Jan. 1997).

19 January

After meeting with Hussein Aidid, Italy's special envoy to Somalia announces that Aidid has agreed to annul his father's April 1996 decree banning the EU's special envoy, Sigurd Illing, from Somalia[1]1 (AFP 19 Jan. 1997; AP 19 Jan. 1997). On 24 January, Illing meets with Aidid in Mogadishu to discuss the issues of national reconciliation and humanitarian aid (Xinhua 24 Jan. 1997; Reuters 24 Jan. 1997). On 25 November, Illing talks with Ali Mahdi about security and humanitarian aid matters (Reuters 25 Jan. 1997).

20 January

Mogadishu's two rival leaders, Hussein Aidid and Ali Mahdi, meet in a hotel along the border between the northern and southern parts of the city; this meeting leads to an agreement to implement a cease-fire and create a committee to examine the issue of reopening Mogadishu's port and international airport (Xinhua 20 Jan. 1997; Reuters 20 Jan. 1997; AP 20 Jan. 1997).

21 January

The UNCHR prepares to repatriate some 10,000 Somali refugees from Ethopia over the next few weeks (Reuters 21 Jan. 1997; The Economist Intelligence Unit 22 Jan. 1997; Xinhua 23 Jan. 1997; IPS 23 Jan. 1997). The refugees will be returning "voluntarily" to the self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland in northwestern Somalia (ibid. 23 Jan. 1997).

26 January

In a public speech, Aidid expresses his desire to improve relations with the United Nations and with countries he formerly considered to be enemies (AP 26 Jan. 1997).


Somali radio stations.

Most Somali radio stations are controlled by political factions. The following list gives the names of the main radio stations in Somalia and indicates which groups control them.

Radio Hargeisa broadcasts in the north and is controlled by the Somaliland government.

Voice of Somali Pacification broadcasts from Mogadishu and is controlled by the pro-Osman Ato faction.

Voice of the Somali People broadcasts from south Mogadishu and is controlled by General Aidid's supporters. Aidid changed the station's name to Voice of the Masses of the Somali Republic in mid-June, 1995.

Voice of the Somali Republic broadcasts from north Mogadishu and is controlled by Ali Mahdi's supporters.


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Africa Confidential [London]. 5 July 1996. "Somalia: Talking Sharia."

Africa Confidential [London]. 16 February 1996. "Somalia: Aydeed Again."

Africa Confidential [London]. 8 September 1995. "Somalia: Fighting on."

Africa Confidential [London]. 23 June 1995. "Somalia: Rival Elections."

Africa Confidential [London]. 12 May 1995. "Warlord Versus Banker."

Africa News Service. 5 February 1996. "Somalia Extremists Tighten Grip as Fighting Spreads." (NEXIS)

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Oxford]. 26 September 1996. Vol. 33, No. 8. "Somalia."

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Oxford]. 22 July 1996. Vol. 33, No. 6. "Somalia."

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Oxford]. 23 June 1996. Vol. 33, No. 5. "Somalia."

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Oxford]. 23 May 1996. Vol. 33, No. 4. "Somalia."

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Oxford]. 26 April 1996. Vol. 33, No. 3. "Somalia."

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Oxford]. 28 March 1996. Vol. 33, No. 2. "Somalia."

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Oxford]. 29 February 1996. Vol. 33, No. 1. "Somalia."

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Oxford]. 21 December 1995. Vol. 32, No. 11. "Somalia."

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Oxford]. 23 November 1995. Vol. 32, No. 10. "Somalia."

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Oxford]. 26 October 1995. Vol. 32, No. 9. "Somalia."

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Oxford]. 28 September 1995. Vol. 32, No. 8. "Somalia."

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Oxford]. 23 August 1995. Vol. 32, No. 7. "Somalia."

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Oxford]. 27 June 1995. Vol. 32, No. 5. "Somalia."

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Oxford]. 25 May 1995. Vol. 32, No. 4. "Somalia."

Afrique contemporaine [Paris]. April-June 1996. No. 178. "Somalie."

Afrique contemporaine [Paris]. January-March 1996. No. 177. "Somalie."

Afrique contemporaine [Paris]. July-September 1995. No. 175. "Somalie."

Agence France Presse (AFP). 24 January 1997. "Aidid Promises Safety for Expats in Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 19 January 1997. "Somali Faction Withdraws Prohibition Ordre on European Special Envoy." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 17 January 1997. "Somali Warlord Denies Arms Shipments Are for His Faction." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 15 January 1997. "Press Body Condemns Repression in Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 13 January 1997. "Somali Clan Leaders Ask for Interception of Massive Arms Shipment." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 4 January 1997. "Somali Islamic Group to Transform into Political Party." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 3 January 1997. "Somali Factions Agree National Council." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 29 December 1996. "Sudanese Diplomat Urges Somalia to Fight Ethiopia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 25 December 1996. "Somalia Moslem Leader Calls Jihad Against Ethiopia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 12 December 1996. "Six Killed in New Fighting in Southern Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 22 November 1996. "Moi Pledges to Continue Peace Efforts for Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 19 November 1996. "Somali Faction Refuses to Take Part in Ongoing Peace Talks." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 18 November 1996. "Promiment Somalis Appeal for Immediate Ceasefire." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 12 November 1996. "Seven Killed in the Battle for Huddur, Western Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 2 November 1996. "Abducted Somali Aid Worker Released." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 13 October 1996. "Five Killed, Homes Torched in Violence in Southwestern Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 10 October 1996. "Somali Faction Chiefs Consult in Nairobi." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 22 September 1996. "Senior Clan Faction Official Murdered in Mogadishu." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 19 September 1996. "Somalia's Leading Peace Official Kidnapped in North Mogadishu." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 14 September 1996. "Six Killed in Factional Warfare in Central Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 31 August 1996. "Hundreds of People Flee Central Somalia Fearing Ethiopian Raids." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 26 August 1996. "Two Killed in Factional Fighting in Central Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 12 August 1996. "Ethiopia Confirms Attacks Inside Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 11 August 1996. "Heavy Fighting Resumes in Somalia After a Lull." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 10 August 1996. "Nouvelle attaque éthiopienne en Somalie, selon des radios." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 6 August 1996. "Hussein Aidid, le 'marine' américain devenu chef de guerre en Somalie." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 5 August 1996. "Somalia: Ali Mahdi Reacts to Aidid Election, Orders Troops on Alert." (FBIS-AFR-96-151 5 Aug. 1996, p. 14)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 23 July 1996. "Somalia: 20 Killed, 50 Wounded in New Fighting in Mogadishu." (FBIS-AFR-96-143 24 July 1996, p. 11)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 27 June 1996. "Mogadishu Grapples with Medical Shortages." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 18 May 1996. "Un Britannique, un Allemand et un Somalien enlevés en Somalie, selon Londres." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 13 May 1996. "Eleven Killed, 23 Wounded in Factional Violence in Central Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 8 May 1996. "Renewed Armed Clashes in Southern Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 7 May 1996. "Un bateau de réfugiés somaliens coule au large du Yémen : près de 50 morts." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 3 May 1996. "L'Islam dans la guerre des clans somaliens." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 22 April 1996. "Le HCR reprend le rapatriement des réfugiés somaliens du Kenya." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 31 March 1996. "64 Armed Militiamen Defect from Aidid's Faction to Arch-Rival." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 26 March 1996. "Fighting Rages in Somalia Between Two Rival Factions." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 24 March 1996. "One Killed as Aidid's Militiamen Loot Village in Central Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 22 March 1996. "Somalia Fighting Leaves at Least 10 Dead: Witnesses." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 20 March 1996. "Somalia Militia Faction Leaves Port to Aidid." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 16 March 1996. "Sharia Court Stones Rapist to Death in Nothern Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 10 March 1996. "Somali Peace Activist Murdered." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 15 February 1996. "Aidid Allies Sentenced in Absentia to Death in Somaliland." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 29 January 1996. "Mogadishu Violence Death Toll Reaches 31 Dead, 60 Wounded." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 23 January 1996. "Islamic Court Bans Hotels, Restaurant from Operating in Daytime." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 20 January 1996. "Au moins 27 morts lors de combats dans le sud-ouest de la Somalie." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 17 January 1996. "Somali Warlord Mohamed Farah Aidid...." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 16 January 1996. "Loyalists, Opposition Fight in Somaliland." (FBIS-AFR-96-010 16 Jan. 1996, p. 8)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 11 January 1996. "Sharia Court Criticised Over Flogging of Detained Musicians." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 6 December 1995. "17 Reported Killed in New Fighting in Southwest Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 4 December 1995. "Fighting Intensifies Between Two Subclans." (FBIS-AFR-95-232 4 Dec. 1995, p. 4)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 30 November 1995. "Somali Clan Faction Accuses Rival of Destroying Central Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 16 November 1995. "Fifteen Killed in Somalia Violence." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 30 October 1995. "At Least 21 Dead in New Somalia Violence." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 18 October 1995. "Trial of Somaliland's First President Begins." (FBIS-AFR-95-202 19 Oct. 1996, pp. 8-9)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 11 October 1995. "Somalie — violence." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 18 September 1995. "Renewed Civil War Looms in Somalia as Aidid Extends Power Base." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 11 September 1995. "Appels à la libération du correspondant de l'AFP 'arrêté' en Somalie, qui...." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 1 September 1995. "400 Somalis Repatriated from Yemen Starving in Somaliland." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 28 August 1995. "Third Day of 'Heavy Fighting' Reported." (FBIS-AFR-95-166 28 Aug. 1995, p. 15)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 24 August 1995. "Pakistani, Palestinian Hostages on Hunger Strike Weaken." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 16 August 1995. "Aidid Orders All Individuals to Surrender Weapons." (FBIS-AFR-95-158 16 Aug. 1995, p. 7)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 15 August 1995. "Somaliland's Egal Launches Attacks on Issa Rebels." (FBIS-AFR-95-158 16 Aug. 1995, p. 7)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 8 August 1995. "Three Die in Attack on Food Convoy in Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 17 July 1995. "Aidid Said Forming "National Army" With Libyan Aid." (FBIS-AFR-95-137 18 July 1995, p. 4)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 7 July 1995. "32 Killed in Factional Fighting in Central Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 23 June 1995. "Murder, Slavery, Beatings, Theft in Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 14 June 1995. "Faction Leader: Aidid Gunmen Enslave Villagers." (FBIS-AFR-95-117 19 June 1995, 5)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 11 June 1995. "Somalia Faction Leaders Elect New Leader." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 22 May 1995. "Gun Battle at Mogadishu Airport Leaves 5 Dead." (FBIS-AFR-95-098 22 May 1995, p. 7)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 10 May 1995. "Fighting in Somaliland Sends Civilians Fleeing to Ethiopia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 30 April 1995. "Somali Gunmen Release Abducted Ethiopian Diplomat." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 20 April 1995. "Somaliland President's Two-Year Term Extended." (FBIS-AFR-95-077 21 Apr. 1995, pp. 5-6)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 14 April 1995. "Five Killed in Inter-Clan Fighting in Southern Somalia." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 10 April 1995. "Somali Warlord Condemns Kidnapping of Ethiopian Diplomat." (NEXIS)

Agence France Presse (AFP). 6 April 1995. "L'ONU prête à maintenir une 'petite mission politique' en Somalie." (NEXIS)

Amnesty International (AI). 1996. Amnesty International Report 1996. New York: Amnesty International USA.

Amnesty International (AI). 18 March 1996. "Somalia: Amnesty International Condemns Murder of a Peace Activist." (AI Index: AFR 52/01/96). London: Amnesty International.

Amnesty International (AI). 14 September 1995. "Somalia: Amnesty International Appeals to General Aideed for Release of Detained Journalist." (AI Index: AFR 52/01/95). London: Amnesty International.

Arab Press Service Organisation. 31 December 1996. "Dec. 29 - Sudan Urges Somalia to Fight Ethiopia." (NEXIS)

Arab Press Service Organisation. 14 December 1996. "Dec. 10 -Factions Reach Govt. Accord." (NEXIS)

Arab Press Service Organisation. 16 November 1996. "Somalia - Nov. 12 -14 Killed in Battles." (NEXIS)

The Associated Press (AP). 26 January 1997. Haroun Hassan. "Somali Leader Reaches Agreement with UN." (NEXIS)

The Associated Press (AP). 20 January 1997. Haroun Hassan. "Somali Rivals Agree to Abide by Cease-Fire, Discuss Reopening Seaport." (NEXIS)

The Associated Press (AP). 19 January 1997. "Somali Faction Leader Lifts Ban on European Official." (NEXIS)

The Associated Press (AP). 6 January 1997. "Somali Faction Rejects New Government, Threatens to Arrest Members." (NEXIS)

The Associated Press (AP). 5 January 1997. "Somali Muslim Fundamentalists Reject Planned National Rule." (NEXIS)

The Associated Press (AP). 4 January 1997. "Somalis Try to End Clan Feuds." (NEXIS)

The Associated Press (AP). 18 December 1996. "Explosions Rock Somalia." (NEXIS)

The Associated Press (AP). 23 November 1996. "17 Killed in Somalia Headline." (NEXIS)

The Associated Press (AP). 19 November 1996. "Somalia Schools Shut Down." (NEXIS)

The Associated Press (AP). 16 November 1996. "Heavy Fighting Kills 19, Including 8 Children, in Somalia." (NEXIS)

The Associated Press (AP). 9 May 1996. "There is Mounting Concern...." (NEXIS)

The Baltimore Sun. 18 December 1996. "New Gang Lord of Mogadishu; Somalia Erupts: Left to Their Own Devices, Clans Continue to Make the Worst of it." (NEXIS)

BBC World Service [London, in English]. 19 April 1996. "Somalia: Fighting Erupts in Mogadishu Between Rival Militias." (FBIS-AFR-96-078 22 Apr. 1996, p. 11)

BBC World Service [London, in English]. 12 April 1996. "Somalia: Son of Faction Leader Ato Killed by Sniper Fire." (FBIS-AFR-96-073 15 Apr. 1996, p. 4)

BBC World Service [London, in English]. 7 April 1996. "Somalia: Locality Recaptured from General Aidid Forces." (FBIS-AFR-96-068 8 Apr. 1996, p. 6)

BBC World Service [London, in English]. 31 March 1996. "Somalia: "Over 60" of Aidid's Armed Militiamen Defect to Mahdi Side." (FBIS-AFR-96-063 1 Apr. 1996, p. 5)

BBC World Service [London, in English]. 24 March 1996. "Somalia: Aidid Militiamen Loot Village Before Visit." (FBIS-AFR-96-058 25 March 1996, pp. 5-6)

BBC World Service [London, in English]. 11 March 1996. "Somalia: Warlord Mahdi's United Somali Congress Holds Convention." (FBIS-AFR-96-050 13 March 1996, p. 3)

BBC World Service [London, in English]. 12 September 1995. "Six Imams Killed; Fighting Reported in Mogadishu." (FBIS-AFR-95-177 13 Sept. 1995, p. 6)

BBC World Service [London, in English]. 12 August 1995. "Hargeysa Airport Taken in "All-Out War"." (FBIS-AFR-95-156 14 Aug. 1995, p. 10)

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1995. 1996. United States Department of State. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office.

Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 14 January 1997. "Fighting in Somalia, Three Killed." (NEXIS)

Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 4 January 1997. "Leading Somali Factions Form National Salvation Council." (NEXIS)

Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 16 October 1996. Sonya Laurence Green. "Is New Somali Peace Deal Really a Significant Breakthrough?." (NEXIS)

Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 15 October 1996. "Somali Factions Agree to Ceasefire after Kenyan Mediation." (NEXIS)

Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 30 March 1996. "Four Said Killed by Pro-Aidid Militia in Somalia." (NEXIS)

Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 11 January 1996. "Artists Whipped in Public in Somalia." (NEXIS)

Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 14 June 1995. "People Forced into Slavery in Somalia, Minister Says." (NEXIS)

Le Devoir [Montreal]. 8 July 1996. "Affrontements à Mogadiscio." (NEXIS)

Le Devoir [Montreal]. 17 July 1995. "Aïdid emprisonne une féministe." (NEXIS)

Le Devoir [Montreal]. 13 June 1995. "Aïdid est limogé." (NEXIS)

EC Somalia Unit, European Union (EU). August 1995. A Study of Decentralised Political Structures for Somalia: A Menu of Options. London: European Union/United Nations Development Office for Somalia.

The Economist Intelligence Unit [London]. 22 January 1997. "Somalia: Country Outlook." (NEXIS)

The Independent [London]. 6 October 1996. "Somali Leader Assassinated." (NEXIS)

Indian Ocean Newsletter [Paris]. 30 November 1996. "Somalia: Nakuru Peace Call." (NEXIS)

Indian Ocean Newsletter [Paris]. 23 November 1996. "Hussein Mohamed Aideed (Somalia)." (NEXIS)

Indian Ocean Newsletter [Paris]. 12 October 1996. "Somalia: Enter Moi, Centre Stage."

Indian Ocean Newsletter [Paris]. 8 June 1996. "Somalia: Aideed Tries Again."

Indian Ocean Newsletter [Paris]. 18 May 1996. "Somalia: Aideed Has It In For NGOs."

Indian Ocean Newsletter [Paris]. 4 May 1996. "Somalia: Sharia Versus Aideed."

Indian Ocean Newsletter [Paris]. 16 March 1996. "Somalia: Illing in Mogadishu."

Indian Ocean Newsletter [Paris]. 20 January 1996. "Mohamed Farah Aideed...."

Indian Ocean Newsletter [Paris]. 7 October 1995. "Aideed Tops up the Kitty."

Indian Ocean Newsletter [Paris]. 8 July 1995. "Somalia: Baidoa Reborn."

Indian Ocean Newsletter [Paris]. 24 June 1995. "Somalia: Aideed — Atto Face-off."

Indian Ocean Newsletter [Paris]. 17 June 1995. "Somalia: Two-Faction Agreement."

Indian Ocean Newsletter [Paris]. 13 May 1995. "Somalia: Divorce in the Air."

Inter Press Service (IPS). 23 January 1997. Moyiga Nduru. "Somali — Population: Refugees Preparing to Return Home." (NEXIS)

Inter Press Service (IPS). 9 August 1996. Moyiga Nduru. "Somalia — Politics: Refugees Fear More Years in Exile." (NEXIS)

Inter Press Service (IPS). 24 April 1996. Moyiga Nduru. "Somalia — Politics: No End in Sight to Banana War." (NEXIS)

Jeune Afrique [Paris]. 20-26 April 1995. "Quand la charia tranche."

Journal de Genève et Gazette de Lausanne. 24 August 1996. Frédérique Sprang. "Le seigneur de guerre Aïdid disparu, la Somalie poursuit sa dérive."

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. 21 June 1996. Vol 42, No. 5. "Somalia."

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. 23 May 1996. Vol. 42, No. 4. "Somalia."

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. 23 November 1995. Vol. 41, No. 10. "Somalia."

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. 24 October 1995. Vol. 41, No. 9. "Somalia."

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. 25 September 1995. Vol. 41, No. 7. "Somalia."

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. 24 July 1995. Vol. 41, No. 6. "Somalia."

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. 27 June 1995. Vol. 41, No. 5. "Somalia."

Libération [Paris]. 27-28 July 1996. "Reprise de violents combats en Somalie."

Libération [Paris]. 13-14 January 1996. "Somalie : combats meurtriers entre factions."

Libération [Paris]. 28 July 1995. Jean-Philippe Ceppi. "Le spectre de la famine plane sur la Somalie."

Libération [Paris]. 16 June 1995. Stephen Smith. "Le général Aïdid se fait élire président par intérim en Somalie."

Libération [Paris]. 23 May 1995. "Heurts meurtriers à Mogadiscio."

Middle East International [London]. 24 May 1996. Tom Porteous. "Somalia: Aideed in Decline?"

Le Monde [Paris]. 19 August 1996. Hélène Jean. "Les Somaliens déçus que la mort du général Aïdid n'ait pas débouché...." (NEXIS)

Le Monde [Paris]. 12 August 1996. Hélène Jean. "L'Éthiopie exercerait en Somalie des représailles contre les islamistes d'Al Ittihad." (NEXIS)

Le Monde [Paris]. 6 August 1996. Hélène Jean. "La mort du général Aïdid pourrait rallumer la guerre...." (NEXIS)

Le Monde [Paris]. 3 August 1996. Hélène Jean. "Mohamed Farah Aïdid, le chef de guerre le plus puissant en Somalie, est mort." (NEXIS)

Le Monde [Paris]. 25 September 1995. Hélène Jean. "Les étrangers retenus en Somalie ont été libérés." (NEXIS)

Le Monde [Paris]. 14 September 1995. Hélène Jean. "Six imams somaliens exécutés dans le fief du général Aïdid." (NEXIS)

Le Monde [Paris]. 22 June 1995. Hélène Jean. "Le général Aïdid joue son va-tout à Mogadiscio...." (NEXIS)

New African [London]. September 1995. "Now Somalia Has Two Presidents."

The New York Times. 19 December 1996. "As Talks Stall, Somalia Strife Kills 300 over 5 Days." (NEXIS)

The New York Times. 17 December 1996. "29 Die in Somalia Fighting, Putting 3-Day Toll over 100." (NEXIS)

Radio France Internationale [Paris, in French]. 14 May 1995. "New Islamic Group in Somalia Threatens to Take Up Arms Against Warring." (BBC Summary 15 May 1995/NEXIS)

Radio Hargeisa [Hargeisa, in Somali]. 6 November 1996. "Somali President Pardons, Releases 669 POWs." (BBC Summary 16 Nov. 1996/NEXIS)

Radio Mogadishu [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 21 May 1996. "Aydid Faction Militia Looting Food Aid, Says Rival Faction." (BBC Summary 24 May 1996/NEXIS)

Radio Mogadishu [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 14 May 1996. "Ali Mahdi Faction Radio Says 23 Killed in Aydid Faction Attack." (BBC Summary 15 May 1996/NEXIS)

Radio Mogadishu [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 6 May 1996. "Two Organizations Unite for Peace, Agree to Confront Aydid Forces." (BBC Summary 7 May 1996/NEXIS)

Radio Mogadishu [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 17 March 1996. "Nine Members of Aydid Militia Reported Killed in Attack on House." (BBC Summary 18 March 1996/NEXIS)

Radio Mogadishu [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 7 December 1995. "Faction Radio Reports Ban on Carrying of Arms, Unapproved Armed Groups." (BBC Summary 8 Dec. 1995/NEXIS)

Radio Mogadishu [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 31 October 1995. "Faction Denies BBC, Other Reports of Fighting in Northern Somalia." (BBC Summary 1 Nov. 1995/NEXIS)

Radio Mogadishu [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 27 September 1995. "Journalist Held by Faction Leader Aydid's Militia Escapes." (BBC Summary 29 Sept. 1995/NEXIS)

Radio Mogadishu [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 30 July 1995. "Four of Aydid's Men Killed During Tour of Southern Region — Ali Mahdi Radio." (BBC Summary 1 Aug. 1995/NEXIS)

Radio Mogadishu [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 23 July 1995. "Somali Group Says Aydid Planning to Attack Kismaayo." (BBC Summary 25 July 1995/NEXIS)

Radio Mogadishu [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 22 July 1995. "USC-SNA Condemns Abduction of Mogadishu-based Journalist." (BBC Summary 24 July 1995/NEXIS)

Radio Mogadishu [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 4 April 1995. "Somalia: Southern Tribal Group Opts for Autonomy." (BBC Summary 6 Apr. 1995/NEXIS)

RAI TV [Rome, in Italian]. 26 December 1995. "Kidnapped Italian Agricultural Expert Freed in Somalia." (BBC Summary 28 Dec. 1996/NEXIS)

The Record [Hackensack, NJ]. 7 January 1997. "Somali Leader Threatens Supporters of Unity Plan." (NEXIS)

The Record [Hackensack, NJ]. 16 December 1996. "More Than 80 Killed in Fighting in Somalia." (NEXIS)

The Record [Hackensack, NJ]. 17 November 1996. "8 Children Among 19 Killed in Somalia Battle Column: Africa." (NEXIS)

The Record [Hackensack, NJ]. 6 November 1996. "Rival Factions Clash, Killing Nine in Somalia Column: Africa." (NEXIS)

The Record [Hackensack, NJ]. 2 November 1996. "Factional Fighting Kills 6 in Somalia Column: Africa." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 25 January 1997. BC Cycle. Mohamed Guled. "EU Envoy Meets North Mogadishu Leader." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 24 January 1997. BC Cycle. "EU Envoy Meets Somali Faction Leader Aideed." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 21 January 1997. BC Cycle. "UN to Repatriate 10,000 Somalis in Ethiopia." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 20 January 1997. BC Cycle. "Somali Faction Leaders Agree on Cease-Fire." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 13 January 1997. BC Cycle. "Somali Group Wants Arms Flow to Aideed Stopped." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 6 January 1997. BC Cycle. "Somali Faction Blasts Leaders' Peace Agreement." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 5 January 1997. BC Cycle. "Somali Islamic Fighters Reject Somalia Formula." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 3 January 1997a. BC Cycle. "Somali Faction Accuses Ethiopia of Arming Rival." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 3 January 1997b. BC Cycle. "Somali Faction Leaders to Form Central Authority." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 2 January 1997. BC Cycle. "Somali Faction Leader Warns Foreigners." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 24 December 1996. BC Cycle. "Ethiopia Reports Attack by Somalia-Based Militants." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 23 November 1996. BC Cycle. "Clan Fighting Kills at Least 17 in Somali Capital." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 1 November 1996. BC Cycle. Mohamed Guled. "10 People Killed in Somalia Militia Fighting." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 5 October 1996. BC Cycle. Mohamed Guled. "Political Party Chief Assassinated in Mogadishu." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 18 September 1996. BC Cycle. "Gunmen Kill Five Civilians in Somalia." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 12 August 1996. BC Cycle. "Fourteen Killed as Somalia Militias Battle." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 1 August 1996. BC Cycle. "23 Killed in Somaliland Clan Fight." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 22 July 1996. BC Cycle. "Seven Killed in Somalia Militia Clash." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 13 July 1996. BC Cycle. "Six Patients Killed in Somalia Hospital Raid." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 2 July 1996. BC Cycle. "Somalia's Aideed Urges Preparations for Moslem Law." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 27 June 1996. BC Cycle. Mark Dodd. "Aid Workers Evacuated as Somalia Fighting Rages." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 22 April 1996. BC Cycle. Mohamed Guled. "Six Killed as Militia Ambush Bus in Somalia." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 20 April 1996. BC Cycle. Mohamed Guled. "Sporadic Fighting Rocks Somalia Capital." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 9 April 1996. BC Cycle. "Fighting in Somalia Kills More Than 100." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 28 March 1996. BC Cycle. "Deputy Aideed Minister Assassinated in Somalia." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 26 March 1996. BC Cycle. "Four People Killed in Somalia Clash Over Taxes." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 22 March 1996. BC Cycle. Peter Smerdon. "Villagers Free Kidnapped U.N. Staff in Somalia." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 14 February 1996. BC Cycle. "Somaliland Court Sentences Three Men to Death." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 7 November 1995. BC Cycle. "Rivals Attack Aideed Forces in Southwest Somalia." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 22 October 1995. BC Cycle. Manoah Esipisu. "Italian Doctor Killed, Colleague Wounded in Somalia." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 17 October 1995. BC Cycle. Peter Smerdon. "Mogadishu Port to Open Soon, Say Aideed Rivals." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 12 October 1995. BC Cycle. "Somalia's Aideed Regains Control of Airport, City." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 22 September 1995. BC Cycle. Mark Dodd. "Fourteen Foreigners Freed in Somalia, Fly to Kenya." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 12 September 1995. BC Cycle. "At Least Eight Killed in Somalia Violence." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 3 September 1995. BC Cycle. "Aid Reaches Stranded Somali Refugees Deported from Yemen." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 28 August 1995. BC Cycle. "18 Killed, 136 Wounded in Somalia Fighting." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 14 July 1995. BC Cycle. "At Least 17 People Killed in Somalia Battles." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 5 May 1995. BC Cycle. "At Least Four Killed in Somalia Fighting." (NEXIS)

The Russian Information Agency (TASS). 24 December 1996. "Somalians Claim Killing Seventy Ethiopian Soldiers." (NEXIS)

The Russian Information Agency (TASS). 28 June 1996. "Members of Humanitarian Organisations Evacuated From Somalia." (NEXIS)

The Russian Information Agency (TASS). 13 June 1996. "Humanitarian Aid Convoy Attacked in Somalia." (NEXIS)

The Toronto Star. 18 December 1996. "Factional Fighting in Somalia Spreads." (NEXIS)

United Nations. Security Council. 19 January 1996. Rapport du secrétaire général sur la situation en Somalie. New York: United Nations.

United Nations. Department of Humanitairian Affairs. 9 August 1996. Somalia: Humanitarian Situation Report Covering the Period 16 July-2 August. New York: United Nations. (Web)

United Nations. Office of the United Nations Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator for Somalia. No date. From Relief to Development in Somalia: Situation Report for the Period 16-30 June 1996. Geneva: United Nations.

United Nations. UNHCR Update. 29 August 1995. UNHCR Protests Forced Return of Somali Refugees from Yemen. New York: United Nations.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). [Washington, DC]. 9 April 1996. Situation Report. No. 2. "Somalia — Complex Emergency."

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). 29 November 1995. Situation Report. No. 1. "Somalia — Complex Emergency."

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). 7 July 1995. Situation Report. No. 3. "Somalia — Civil Strife."

Voice of America (VOA). 17 September 1995. Alex Belida. "Somalia/Seize." (Web)

Voice of America (VOA). 6 September 1995. Alex Belida. "Somalia/ Aideed." (Web)

Voice of America (VOA). 9 July 1995. Alex Belida. "Somalia/ Aideed." (Web)

Voice of Somali Pacification [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 13 January 1997. "Ato Faction Radio Says Three Countries 'Recognize' Somali National Salvation Council." (BBC Summary 15 Jan. 1997/NEXIS)

Voice of Somali Pacification [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 2 August 1996. "Somalia: Pro-Ato Faction Calls for Cease-Fire." (BBC Summary 5 Aug. 1996/NEXIS)

Voice of Somali Pacification [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 22 April 1996. "Somalia: Aydid Militia Reportedly Open Fire on Peace Demonstration." (BBC Summary 23 Apr. 1996/NEXIS)

Voice of Somali Pacification [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 9 April 1996. "Somalia: Ato Radio — Aidid Forces Bombing Civilians." (FBIS-AFR-96-070 10 Apr. 1996, pp. 13-14)

Voice of Somali Pacification [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 6 April 1996. "Faction Leader Aydid Accused of Returning to Mogadishu to Escalate." (BBC Summary 8 Apr. 1996/NEXIS)

Voice of Somali Pacification [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 30 March 1996. "Four Peace Activists Killed in South." (BBC Summary 31 March 1996/NEXIS)

Voice of Somali Pacification [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 2 November 1995. "Faction Radio Accuses Aydid's Militia of Firing on Civilians in Mogadishu." (BBC Summary 3 Nov. 1995/NEXIS)

Voice of Somali Pacification [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 16 October 1995. "Mogadishu Reportedly Tense as Aydid Militia Forcibly Collect Taxes." (BBC Summary 18 Oct. 1995/NEXIS)

Voice of Somali Pacification [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 14 October 1995. "Ato Radio Says Aydid Forces Massacred People in Bay Region." (BBC Summary 16 Oct. 1995/NEXIS)

Voice of Somali Pacification [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 1 October 1995. "Banana Boats Banned from Ports over Aidid Ties." (FBIS-AFR-95-191 3 Oct. 1995, pp. 3-4)

Voice of Somali Pacification [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 19 September 1995. "Pro-Ato Radio Says Fighting Continuing in Baydhabo, Aid Agency Staff Still Held." (BBC Summary 21 Sept. 1995/NEXIS)

Voice of Somali Pacification [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 27 August 1995. "Atto Radio: Fighting 'Instigated' by SSA." (FBIS-AFR-95-166 28 Aug. 1995, p. 15)

Voice of Somali Pacification [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 26 August 1995. "Atto Returns From Nairobi Peace Meeting, Comments." (FBIS-AFR-95-166 28 Aug. 1995, p. 13)

Voice of Somali Pacification [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 19 August 1995. "Fighting Breaks Out in Southern Mogadishu." (FBIS-AFR-95-161 21 Aug. 1995, p. 11)

Voice of Somali Pacification [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 17 August 1995. "Pro-Ato Radio Condemns Weapons Collection, Says People Killed." (BBC Summary 19 Aug. 1995/NEXIS)

Voice of the Great Somali People [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 30 May 1995. "Aidid Radio Reports Port Shelled Again." (FBIS-AFR-95-105 1 June 1995, p. 6)

Voice of the Masses of the Somali Republic [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 30 December 1996. "Somalia: Aidid Faction Condemns Ethiopian Troop Incursions." (BBC Summary 30 Dec. 1996/NEXIS)

Voice of the Masses of the Somali Republic [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 2 August 1996. "Somalia: Aidid Reportedly Dies of Heart Failure." (FBIS-AFR-96-150 2 Aug. 1996, p. 4)

Voice of the Masses of the Somali Republic [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 7 November 1995. "Aidid Thanks Al-Qadhafi for Official Recognition." (FBIS-AFR-95-216 8 Nov. 1995, p. 3)

Voice of the Masses of the Somali Republic [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 17 October 1995. "Interior Ministry Says Tax Collection Begins." (FBIS-AFR-95-202 19 Oct. 1995, p. 8)

Voice of the Masses of the Somali Republic [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 19 September 1995. "Aidid Issues Decree on Taxation." (FBIS-AFR-95-182 20 Sept. 1995, p. 8)

Voice of the Masses of the Somali Republic [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 11 September 1995. "Somalia: 'Many People' Said to Have Died from Starvation and Disease." (BBC Summary 14 Sept. 1995/NEXIS)

Voice of the Masses of the Somali Republic [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 4 September 1995. "Somalia: Aydid 'Cabinet' Approves Bills on Passports, Relief Agencies, Travel." (BBC Summary 6 Sept. 1995/NEXIS)

Voice of the Masses of the Somali Republic [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 20 August 1995. "SNM Claims Victories against Egal's Forces." (FBIS-AFR-95-161 21 Aug. 1995, p. 11)

Voice of the Masses of the Somali Republic [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 1 July 1995. "Somalia: Aydid Speaks on Independence Day." (BBC Summary 3 July 1995/NEXIS)

Voice of the Somali People [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 26 May 1995. "Aydid Radio Reports Shelling of Mogadishu Port." (BBC Summary 29 May 1995/NEXIS)

Voice of the Somali Republic [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 25 July 1996. "Aidid Fighters Reportedly Killed in Mogadishu Suburb." (FBIS-AFR-96-145 26 July 1996, p. 14)

Voice of the Somali Republic [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 3 March 1996. "Somalia: 19 Pro-Aidid Fighters Said Killed in Fighting 1 Mar." (FBIS-AFR-96-044 5 March 1996, p. 5)

Voice of the Somali Republic [Mogadishu, in Somali]. 4 January 1996. "Rahanwein Resistance Army Kills Over 50 Aidid Troops." (FBIS-AFR-96-004 5 Jan. 1996, p. 1)

The Washington Times. 16 December 1996. "80 Killed in Latest Somalia Bloodbath." (NEXIS)

West Africa [London]. 13-19 May 1996. "Somalia: Anti-Aideed Forces Unite."

West Africa [London]. 23-29 October 1995. "Somalia: Four Killed in Ambush."

West Africa [London]. 25 September-8 October 1995. "Somalia: Aideed Accused."

West Africa [London]. 31 July-6 August 1995a. "Aideed on Warpath?"

West Africa [London]. 31 July-6 August 1995b. "Somalia: Abduction in Mogadishu."

World Refugee Survey. 1996. Immigration and Refugee Services of America. Washington, DC: Immigration and Refugee Services of America.

The Xinhua News Agency. 24 January 1997. "EU Envoy Mediates Peace in Somalia." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 23 January 1997. "Ethiopia to Repatriate 10,000 Somali Refugees." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 20 January 1997. "Somali Faction Leaders Meet to Resolve Crises." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 15 January 1997. "Free Movement, Safety Urged for Journalists in Somalia." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 13 January 1997. "International Community Urged to Tighten Arms Embargo on Somalia." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 4 January 1997. "Somali Fundamentalist Group Claims National Power." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 3 January 1997. "National Salvation Council of Somalia Established." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 2 January 1997. "Somali Factional Leader Urges Foreigners in Mogadishu to Get Residential Permits Immediately." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 12 December 1996. "Factional Fighting in S. Somalia Kills Six." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 21 November 1996. "Moi Calls for Somalia Peace Conference." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 27 June 1996. "Spontaneous Cease-Fire Holds in Mogadishu." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 24 June 1996. "Heaviest Fighting Breaks out in Somalia in Two Months." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 31 March 1996. "Somali Faction Leader Aidid Militiamen Align with His Rival." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 11 March 1996. "Somali Faction Leader Ali Mahdi Elected Chairman of USC/SSA." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 3 March 1996. "Fresh Heavy Fighting Breaks out in Southwestern Somalia." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 26 February 1996. "Killings Reported in Southern Somalia." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 15 February 1996. "Somaliland Court Sentences Aideed's Ministers to Death." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 11 October 1995. "Fighting Claims 15 in Somali 'City of Death'." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 6 October 1995. "Pakistani Fishermen Detained in Somalia Freed." (NEXIS)

The Xinhua News Agency. 1 September 1995. "UN Officials in Somalia to Help Expelled Refugees." (NEXIS)

[1]1.           Mohamed Farah Aidid had declared Sigurd Illing a persona non grata in April 1996, claiming that the EU's special envoy had interfered in Somalia's internal affairs (AFP 19 Jan. 1997; AP 19 Jan. 1997).

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