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Somalia--The Untold Story : The War Through the Eyes of Somali Women - Judith Gardner

Somalia--The Untold Story

The War Through the Eyes of Somali Women

By: Judith Gardner (Editor), Judy El-Bushra (Editor)

Paperback Published: 20th January 2004
ISBN: 9780745322087
Number Of Pages: 257

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Somalia came to the world's attention in 1992 when television and newspapers began to report on the terrifyingly violent war and the famine that resulted. Half a million Somalis died that year, and over a million fled the country. Cameras followed US troops as they landed on the beaches at Mogadishu to lead what became an ill-fated UN intervention to end hunger and restore peace. / In this book, Somali women write and talk about the war, their experiences and the unacceptable choices they often faced. They explain clearly, in their own words, the changes, challenges - and sometimes the opportunities - that war brought, and how they coped with them. / Key themes include the slaughter and loss of men, who were the prime target for killings; rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war; changing roles in the family and within the pastoralist economy; women mobilising for peace; and leading social recovery in a war-torn society. / This book is not only an important record of women's experience of war, but also provides researchers and students of gender and conflict with rare first hand accounts highlighting the impact of war on gender relations, and women's struggle for equal political rights in a situation of state collapse.

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'Shows the damage caused to society by the conflict, the breakdown of clan traditions and the way it impinged on women, and the use of rape and sexual violence by combatants' -- Oxfam

Mapp. vii
Abbreviationsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prefacep. x
A note on Somali poetryp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Women's Experiences of the War
Women's role in the pastoral economyp. 24
Habiba Osmanp. 41
Traditions of marriage and the householdp. 51
Amina Sayidp. 59
War crimes against women and girlsp. 69
A group viewp. 85
Shukri Hariirp. 89
Women's Responses to the War
Changing roles and responsibilities in the familyp. 99
Domestic conflict in the diaspora--Somali women asylum seekers and refugees in Canadap. 107
Crisis or opportunity? Somali women traders and the warp. 116
Halimo Elmip. 127
Women mobilise for peacep. 139
Women and peace-making in Somalilandp. 142
Women, clan identity and peace-buildingp. 153
Women's roles in peace-making in the Somali community in north eastern Kenyap. 166
Women's rights, leadership and political empowermentp. 175
Dahabo Issep. 179
Post-war recovery and participationp. 189
Noreen Michael Marianop. 209
Starlin Abdi Arush--a tributep. 215
Afterword: political update, July 2003p. 220
About the contributors
Appendicesp. 223
Chronology of Somalia's civil warp. 228
Somalia in facts and figuresp. 236
Glossaryp. 238
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780745322087
ISBN-10: 0745322085
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 257
Published: 20th January 2004
Publisher: Pluto Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.05 x 15.8  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1

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