August 5, 2000 |
It has become a common sight here: barefoot stevedores, their glistening ebony faces powdered with dust and sand, staggering up from the ocean onto a sand beach that has become the main trading port of this ravaged city in the Horn of Africa. On their backs they lug 110-pound sacks of Indonesian cement, Brazilian sugar or flour from the United Arab Emirates. Others clamber atop barges to discharge crates of foreign food, electronic goods, car engine parts or generators. A fee of $1.
March 19, 1994 |
The first sign of real hope for this nation's war-ruined economy arrived in a heavily armed van at the Hotel Sahafi last week wearing an Australian bush hat and a pocketful of promise: Greg Clutton was here to buy bananas--millions of them.
March 3, 1993 |
Lost in the shadow of a Gargantuan U.S. Navy vessel loading helicopters, tanks and trucks bound for home at the south pier of Mogadishu Port, scores of sweating Somali stevedores tossed 100-pound sacks of chilies and sugar off the Al Mannal, a weather-beaten dhow, while another group loaded it with hay.
July 9, 1997 |
Mohammed Awil Mohammed watches with satisfaction as four women crouch on the sandy ground outside his shop in the musty heat of the dawn here, pulling the husk from frankincense with their fingers and teeth. Each worker, her lips ringed with white powder from her labors, will clean and sort at least 35 pounds of the clumps of aromatic gum before her day ends at 11 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1993
Your article on Somalia's ruined schools (Dec. 30) is very informative and painted an accurate picture of the magnitude of the wreckage that the 2-year-old civil war brought. I am not certain, however, whether this civil war is caused by the "dispute between nomads and farmers," or a power struggle between different nomadic clans, which is what all the protagonists belong to. In fact, Somalia's civil war is a war of nomadic clans in an agricultural territory. It is, therefore, the farmers who are most affected by the famine.
December 13, 1992 |
As the TV airwaves fill with images of international troops in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, America gains an opportunity to learn about a country whose political problems and human suffering have too long been neglected. I know from personal experience--I struggled to bring 13 in-laws out of the Liboi refugee camp in Kenya in 1991, at a time when everyone seemed to turn a deaf ear to the need for aid in this then-forgotten corner of the world.