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Title:The Politics of Refugees in Somalia
Author:Tucker, Jonathan B.
Periodical:Horn of Africa
Geographic term:Somalia
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:In the aftermath of Ethiopia's victory over Somalia in the 1977-8 Ogaden war, hundreds of thousands of ethnic Somalis fled from the war zone into Somalia. The refugees were subsequently settled in 35 camps where a shortage of food and water and the rapid spread of epidemic diseases exacted an enormous toll in human suffering. Although the worst of the crisis has now passed, the refugees have still not gone home, and the legacy of corruption and dependence left in the wake of the international relief effort has raised troubling questions. The present article examines the political significance of the refugee crisis and tries to explain why the 'best of intentions' led to such unfortunate results.