Since the UN has pulled out of Somalia,
factional fighting has continued, though at decreased levels. In
1997, Muhammad Farah Aideed died, but was quickly replaced by his son,
Hussein Farah Aideed, as leader of the SNA faction of the USC (58).
The outlook for restoring government in Somalia
does not look good. Except for the Somaliland, there have not been
A building that was destroyed in Mogadishu as a result
of the fighting.
|recent serious efforts to reinstate government
or democracy to this devastated country. The quarreling sides have
quickly shot down any plan for peace.
On March 21, 2000, Africa News Online reported:
“Moreover, it is equally clear that Somali warlords have economic
interest in perpetuating a state of anarchy in Somalia. And that
is why they do not want to see their unbridled passion of riches and power
to be constrained by a Somali state with the capability to make rules,
collect revenue and to enforce the rule of law” (59).
The hope is that a new state structure will emerge
once the civil hostilities come to an end (60).
Though the Somaliland has a limited form of
government and has much less factional fighting, it appears, at least into
the forseeable future, that the rest of Somalia will remain as a state
without government or peace among its people.