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War, Hunger, and Displacement: Volume 2$
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E. Wayne Nafziger, Frances Stewart, and Raimo Väyrynen

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297406

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198297406.001.0001

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Somalia: The Struggle for Resources  

Somalia: The Struggle for Resources  

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Somalia is experiencing a truly complex humanitarian emergency, not only because its people are suffering from war, displacement, hunger, and disease, but also because these factors are complex in themselves. There has been more than one war in Somalia and they have consisted of several conflicts, in different parts of the state, among different parties. These wars are the main focus of this chapter. It presents an account of, and the sources of, humanitarian emergency in Somalia, and reveals that relative deprivation is rooted in a discrepancy between the expected and the actual enjoyment of goods and the condition of life. Thus the availability of resources also motivated the conflict in Somalia. The last part of the chapter presents analyses of the role of the international community.

Keywords:   Somalia, humanitarian emergency, war, relative deprivation, international community, displacement

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