BY M.M. AFRAH
MOGADISHU: HELL ON EARTH,
THE SOMALI TRAGEDY,
THE GANG RAPE OF A NATION.
is any doubts Somali dictator Mohamed Siyad Barre ignited
and fanned the flames of the civil war which delivered many
of his countrymen to the jaws of starvation and death, then
the Somali Tragedy quickly dispels such doubts."
congenial colleague in M.M. Afrah, Reuters long time correspondent
in the city, who had survived both the destruction of his
own home and the personal tragedy of his son's death, and
continues to file stories to his Bureau throughout the civil
was a place of war. Foreign journalists who went there encountered
dangers and witnessed horror and were glad to get away. It
takes much longer to understand what that suffering means.
To Somali journalist, like Afrah, this was their life, their
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Stories of War and Genocide.
like a movie but it is reality. No horrifying and gory account
of Africa's perennial holocaust has been published in recent
years. Mr. Afrah's book is compulsory reading for all those
who care about humanity."
The Sunday Times, Nairobi, Kenya.
this story has dominated world news, only one man reveals
the truth behind the headlines. As doyen of journalists in
Somalia, only Mr. Afrah knows how wild, how bizarre, how devastating
the civil war in Somalia really is."
author accomplished and well-written work gives great insight
in the tragedy that is Somalia. The author manages to extrapolate
from the chaos some 2. semblance of reason and motivation
from the situation in Somalia, giving the reader at least
some sort of understanding.
the author's approach wherein he has achieved a good balance
between the macroscopic overview and more individual personal
experiences. Mr. Afrah writes very well and sometimes the
narrative reads as smoothly as that of a good novel.
deal of research must have been done to provide such a detailed
picture of the Somalia situation and the information and observation
is communicated with a literary style that is lucid, cogent
and thoroughly accessible to the reader.
rare to read a journalistic manuscript which manages to evoke
events so vividly, with clarity. An engaging work."
Non-fiction Editor, Excalibur Press, London.
an eyewitness account of Mogadishu's fall to the guerrillas
of the United Somali Congress (USC) as told by a man who went
through it. The book depicts the civil war in Somalia and
triggered off by the atrocious regime of the tyrant, General
Mohamed Siad Barre. The book reveals the devastating effects
of the factional fighting which sparked off in Somalia hot
on the heels of General Barre's fall. Mr. Afrah gives us a
daily account of the doom, death and destruction visited on
Mogadishu by the militia."
The East African Standard,
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