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Stephanie R. Bjork

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040931

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040931.001.0001

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Somalis Abroad

Stephanie R. Bjork

University of Illinois Press

Since 1991 Somalia, a country of approximately ten million situated on the Horn of Africa, bordering Djibouti, Kenya, and Ethiopia, has featured prominently in international newscasts. That year, the United Somali Congress (USC)—led by a faction of the Abgaal and Habar Gidir clans who descend from the Hawiye clan family—ousted President General Maxamed Siyad Barre. Chaos ensued. This civil strife continues, albeit intermittently, to trouble the country....

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