The cost of dictatorship: the Somali experience

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L. Barber Press, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 267 pages
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Born in the rural countryside to camel-herding parents, Jama Mohamed Ghalib struggled after his parents' death to make a future for himself & set against his personal story the whole sad history of the Somali slide into dictatorship, famine & chaos, is revealed. After independence, his position in the police gave him extraordinary insights into corruption in the young Somali democracy, then in the grip of continuing struggle with Haile Sellassie's empire & the French imperial authorities of Djibouti. His principled reputation as police commander in the north brought him to the notice of Major-General Mohamed Siad Barre, when the latter overthrew the government & seized power in 1969. Eventually rising to Minister of the Interior, from the vantage point of an insider, Jama describes the erosion of human rights & the tragic degeneration of his country into dictatorship & consequent rebellion. He observed the ill-advised invasion of the Ogaden in 1977-78, the massive flows of refugees & the efforts of honest Somalis - albeit clan-based - to restore freedom, orderly administration & good relations with the outside world. Long since removed from power, Jama secretly recorded atrocities, assisted the rebels & began writing this book. Lilian Barber Press, Box 232, New York, NY 10163. $29.95, 0-936508-30-2 & paperback $14.95, 0-936508-32-9 plus $2.00 postage & handling.

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Despite months of direct U.S. military presence in Somalia, most Americans know little about the forces that occasioned intervention. Ghalib provides an illuminating account of the political and ... Read full review

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Contents

A Nomad Joins the Police Force
1
Struggle to Become a Professional
15
Independence and Union
27
Copyright

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