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Somalia has been ravaged by civil war and anarchy ever since the overthrow of dictator Mohammed Siad Barre some 20 years ago. The effects of the prolonged fighting, combined with years of severe drought and famine, have had devastating consequences for the health and well-being of the Somali people.
Fighting has killed hundreds of thousands of Somalis and driven more than a million more from their homes. In many parts of the country, social and health infrastructure and rule of law are non-existent.
But there are glimmers of progress: after 5 years of fighting, the African Union Mission for Somalia (AMISOM), which consists of soldiers from Uganda, Burundi, and Djibouti, have defeated Al Shabaab in Mogadishu thus allowing the Transitional Federal Government a new opportunity to rebuild social and civic institutions that will give Somalis peace and good governance. With elections scheduled for August 2012, the world will see if Somalia is finally ready to renounce war and choose a new path toward democracy, justice, and the protection of basic human rights.
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