Somalia’s Warlords Re-Emerge

February 16th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Feb. 14, 2007 (AP) Somalia’s warlords are re-emerging and pose a threat to humanitarian aid deliveries to the needy, the United Nations warned Wednesday, as the government struggles to quell growing unrest.

Rising violence and a power vacuum caused by the ousting of Islamic forces by the transitional government could lead to a return of the chaos that plagued Somalia for 16 years, the U.N. said in a monthly report.

The spiraling violence is also likely to undermine attempts to deploy an African Union peacekeeping mission designed to protect the country’s weak, Ethiopian-backed government and train a new army for the lawless nation.

“The re-emergence of warlords also raises serious concerns about the need to ensure principled humanitarian action and a do-no-harm approach,” the U.N said. The report warned it was critical to avoid the “coercion and violence” perpetrated by warlords and their militias in the past, as they sought to cash in on aid flowing into the country.

The U.N. estimates around 1 million Somalis need humanitarian aid.

In Mogadishu, the nation’s restive capital of 2 million, gunmen are being paid $2 a day to serve as vigilantes, according to businessmen and residents. Fighting here has killed at least 25 people in the last two weeks.

“The government has to take responsibility for security, before they get help from African peacekeepers,” said Abdi Mo’ali Husein, a resident who has organized private security efforts.

About 15 private checkpoints have been set up in residential areas and armed militia are being employed by businesses to prevent attacks, according to Ibrahim Omar Sabriye, Mogadishu’s deputy mayor.

Mogadishu Police Chief Ali Sa’id Abdi said his officers are working to contain the violence.

Islamic extremists opposed to the government routinely attack official buildings in Mogadishu, as well as Ethiopian troops deployed here.

In December, Ethiopia sent thousands of soldiers into Somalia to help the U.N.-recognized government defeat an Islamic movement trying to take over the country.

The AU peacekeeping force would replace the Ethiopian soldiers, who are widely despised by Mogadishu residents. However, it is not clear if the peacekeepers would be welcome, either, after demonstrations over the weekend by Somalis opposed to the expected AU deployment.

The U.N. Security Council is discussing in New York a draft resolution on Somalia, giving its blessing to an AU peacekeeping force that would serve in the country for six months.

Ethiopia had planned to withdraw its forces quickly, although the growing unrest makes a full withdrawal unlikely until at least the arrival of AU troops.

Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister Seyoum Mesfin met with Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf on Tuesday in the southern town of Baidoa.

They discussed the worsening security situation and resurgence of resistance groups, said a government official who declined to give his name because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

Somalia has not had an effective national government since 1991, when warlords overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre and then turned on one another, throwing the country into anarchy. A transitional government was formed in 2004 with U.N. help, but has had little authority because it has no real army or police force.

  1. Wey Hagere
    | #1

    Meles once again gambled with our soldiers’ lives and lost the bet. Somalia – a chaos again – we don’t know how many, but our troops dead for an American cause that America itself would not sacrifice one soldier for. Our soldiers defended, not somalians obviously, but American interests.

    Geta hoy Ethiopian bekash belat!!

  2. Ye-Ethiopia lij
    | #2

    THANKS TO MELES WHO HAS HELPED HIS FRIENDS FROM SOMALIA – THE WARLORDS!!! TPLF = warlord!!

  3. | #3

    DISPORA WICH WARLORDS ARE U TALK’N ABOUT? the one in kinijit camp .look neftghena stay out somalian bissnes and worry about u habesha azzzzzzzzzzz cuz u got a lot of issu. as far as i’m counsern somalia issu is solve thank’s to EPRDF. da next our mission is SHABYA of cours u SHABYA u day is a number so be ready and we gone give u. what u wish for it. trust me on this or u can ask. DERG. CUD..UIC..OLF..ONG..e.t.c. who is da man know? ask u MASTER and let me know tell then AREYOS my poor frind. all day every day .W4LIFE

  4. gobez
    | #4

    MAMO you said the right thing. Yes the days are numbered for all you woyanes. Just watch.

  5. | #5

    Zenawi
    You are still continue digging your own grave to be buried alive . The bucher of ETHIOPIA, Your days are numbered not in month’s but it is numbered in days. Farewell Mr. Zenawi.

  6. ocho
    | #6

    Mammo needs grammar school before he jumps to politics.

  7. Ye-Ethiopia lij
    | #7

    I know what mamo needs, he needs a brain – a human brain, primitive bandit!!!

  8. | #8

    ha..ha..all eay’s on da king of neftghena keep bark like a mad dog who car’s as long as u don’t bait any boudy. wazz’p dispora? i’m good.by the way what u plan for da milinium a?march’n da street of dc?look ppl sew begeza beto bada yehonal enday?don’t u think ethio have da best ROLL MEAT than da rest of da world? so what is da resen u ppl are say’n ASHAFERGHEN. since u love u COUNTRY and of cours ROLL MEAT.kkkkk. look to be ounest with u ETHIO is much better with out u YEKURT KEN LEJOCH period. so all i got to say is kiss my habesha azzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. all day every day W4LIFE.

  9. JAKOB SOLOMON
    | #9

    MAMMO IF I WERE YOU I WILL ASK WHERE MY NEAREST ADULT SCHOOL IS AND REGISTER FOR BIGINING ESL CLASS INSTEAD OF TRYING TO DEFEND THE ORGANIZATION(TPLF) WHO IS SWIMMING IN PEOPLES BLOOD.TRUST ME WEYANEAS DAYS ARE COMING TO AN END, LIKE MANY OF THE DICTATORS BEFORE THEM

  10. geremew
    | #10

    You guys are really funny,

    Wasn’t CUD and other loosers trying to wadge war againest “EMIYE ETHIOPIA” through Somalia???????????? SIMECHIH BELA SINEKABEH……..HA HA HA HA….

    But now that you have seen the capability of the EDF
    bring it on where ever when ever.

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