The retrospective history of Somaliland

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Italy’s Myopic View of Somali Affairs Is Intolerable
Somaliland Forum, document, 13 December 2000. For two decades (1970-1991), the government of Italy was the prime supporter of the regime of dictator Siad Barre, the very man who led the former Somali Democratic Republic down the road of ruin and civil war. After the downfall of the dictatorship, Italian intervention continued.
Somaliland: Ten Years of Freedom
Somaliland Forum press release, 18 May 2001. When the people of Somaliland returned to their homes in 1991, mostly from neighbouring Ethiopia, where they had fled en masse in 1988 from Barre of Somalia’s genocidal pogroms, they came back to a devastated land.