March 1, 1993 |
From his gunner's position in the turret of a patrol Humvee, Marine Sgt. James Church was singing rock 'n' roll tunes and shouting "Howya doin' " to waving women and children Sunday as he swiveled and scanned the horizon of a suddenly hostile land. Then the rock hit. Then came gunfire from a few hundred yards off. And, throughout the two-hour patrol, Church's finger stayed close to the trigger of his mounted machine gun.
February 26, 1993 |
U.S. Marines and Nigerian soldiers pounded at snipers with machine guns and grenades for five hours Thursday, shutting down relief activity in this devastated city with the heaviest shooting in weeks. One Somali was killed and three U.S. Marines and two Nigerian soldiers were wounded in the firefight in an area rocked by anti-foreigner rioting Wednesday that left at least five Somalis dead. Sniper fire hit the hotel where most foreign journalists stay. U.N.
July 13, 1993 |
U.N. military forces firing from U.S. gunships blasted the command center of fugitive Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid in a Monday morning raid in Mogadishu, just a mile from the bustling city center where thousands of Somalis were going about their daily routines. A furious Somali mob armed with rocks, knives and guns turned on foreign journalists trying to assess the damage. Two journalists were killed in the melee, one was seriously wounded, and two others were missing and feared dead.
July 22, 1989 |
A human rights group said Friday that security forces in Somalia arrested about 2,000 people after religious disturbances last week and killed more than 300, bringing the week's death toll to 450, including 46 people taken to a beach and shot. New York-based Africa Watch, in a report based on interviews with residents of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, said 90 civilians and 20 soldiers died in fighting outside the city's mosques a week earlier.
February 25, 1993 |
Hundreds of screaming Somali youths hurled rocks, lumber and scrap metal at U.S.-led troops, built fiery barricades and attacked two embassies here Wednesday to protest a victory by a rival warlord they said was helped by the coalition forces. Some reports put casualties at up to five Somalis killed and 15 wounded. Other witnesses said U.S. troops had shot and killed at least nine Somalis. At least two U.S. Marines were also wounded. Maj. Ken Roberts, a U.S.
January 7, 1998 |
". . . a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous. . . ." Machiavelli, quoted in "The Journey Is the Destination" Time scrambles across the pages of Dan Eldon's journals. Past and present blur in violent abutments of colors and words, visions of love and danger, much as they did for Kathy Eldon in the fall when she visited Mogadishu, the place in Africa where a mob murdered her son four years ago. " . . .