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Getting Somalia Wrong?: Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State (African Arguments) Paperback – March 27, 2012
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"For the past two decades, books on Somalia have tended to mirror some of the attitudes about the country itself. They have been either analyses by a small and highly specialised field of policy analysts and academics, or written from and for the perspective that caters to the most common cliches and impressions about this most failed of failed states; a nation of warlords, pirates, jihadists and refugees fleeing in unseaworthy boats often only to drown. All of these are of course part of the narrative of Somalia's inability to break from its repeated cycles of the failure of domestic politics and outside intervention over the past 25 years, but what Mary Harper has done is to explain this narrative as a whole - rather than a series of snapshots. This is a book which is clear, accessible and thorough. It has done what books on Somalia rarely do, which is to examine the multitude of failures, misunderstandings, and wilful acts of destruction that have caused Somalia's downfall, but it has also gone much further, by outlining the huge part of the hidden Somalia that have survived the decades of turmoil and which are the only foundations upon which anything approaching a post conflict and stable Somalia can be built. There are significant parts of Somalia where civil society is functioning with fragile but functioning institutions of business and commerce, security and representation. She has written and explained this detailed yet vital aspect of the Somali crisis in a way that is accessible and enlightening not just to the international reader but also to those shaping global policy on Somalia. This is an important book for both." - Rageh Omaar, host of The Rageh Omaar Report and author of Only Half of Me
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Not an easy topic to fInd reliable resources on, Somalia. However this journalistic piece is worth the read but becoming dated. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brian C. Mccotter
Great quick way of deepen your understanding of Somalia and challenges aheadPublished 13 months ago by christopher onajin
Mary Harper is insightful. In this well crafted book, she has a sensitivity towards a country and a people that so many only know from what they see in the news.Published on July 26, 2014 by Mercy Wambui