Contextualising the Somali Conflict



This chapter situates the Somali conflict. It outlines current debates regarding the root causes of the conflict. Scholars that study the Somali conflict have provided many illustrative accounts of the causes of the conflict ranging from clannism, international (western) community engagement and poverty, inequality and unequal access to resources. Somalia has been the site of one of the longest-running humanitarian crises in the world since its state collapsed in 1991 and a civil war ensued. Since then the country has entered different stages of conflict often exacerbated by regular spells of droughts and famine. By highlighting root causes and development of the conflict and the conditions it gives life to, the chapter gives a contextualised understanding of the dynamics that diasporic media can play a performative role in.


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  1. 1.Department of Development StudiesSchool of Oriental and African StudiesLondonUK

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