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Somalia: Information on a 1992 massacre of Yibir clan members in Mogadishu

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 January 1997
Citation / Document Symbol SOM25807.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Somalia: Information on a 1992 massacre of Yibir clan members in Mogadishu, 1 January 1997, SOM25807.E, available at: [accessed 24 May 2016]
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Information on a 1992 massacre of Yibir clan members in Mogadishu could not be found among the sources currently available to the DIRB.

A researcher at the United States Institute for Peace in Washington, DC, stated that the Yibir are not a clan but a caste group (18 Dec. 1996). He explained that the Yibir and other minority groups such as the Midgan and Tumal "suffered greatly" in the Somali crisis because they are not allied with the major clan families and they do not have a power base (ibid.).

For additional information on the situation of the Yibir in Somalia, please refer to the numerous Responses to Information Requests on this topic available at Regional Documentation Centres.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


United States Institute for Peace, Washington, DC: Telephone interview with researcher.

Additional Sources Consulted

Africa Confidential [London]. Weekly.

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [London]. Monthly.

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

New African [London]. Monthly.

West Africa [London]. Weekly.

On-line search on NEXIS database.

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