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The Background And Root Causes Of The Conflicts In Somalia

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This chapter addresses the necessity of examining the underlying causes of the ongoing armed conflicts. It examines factors as the legacy of colonialism, the Somali clanship system, Cold War politics, militarisation, marginalisation, uneven development, the consequences of human rights abuses by the military regime and other events leading to the collapse of the Somalia state. The clanship system is one of the most distinctive features of Somali social organisation, with lineages and clan membership attracting significant political and emotional allegiance in contemporary Somalia. Many independent African states have been blighted by the legacy of colonial rule. Post-independence Somali constitutions have included the aim of unifying the Somali people in the region. The Djibouti (Arta) Reconciliation Conference represented a major breakthrough in women's rights. The conflict in Somalia involved both state and non-state actors and between various clan-based armed groups fighting one another.

Keywords: armed conflicts; colonial legacy; Djibouti (Arta) reconciliation conference; post-independence Somali state; Somali clanship system



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