Somalia: You won’t believe what Farmaajo said about the 1988 Somaliland genocide

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Farmaajo received a Masters Degree in American Political Studies from the Unversity of Buffalo in 2009. He wrote his Master’s thesis on US foreign policy in Somalia.

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In his thesis, Farmaajo admitted that Somalia’s former military dictator, Mohammed Siad Barre, ‘leveled’ Somaliland’s cities to the ground during the Somali Civil War – but also absurdly denied that it was a genocide. Instead, he chose to describe the violent deaths of 100,000 innocent Somalilanders as ‘casualties of crossfire’.

Here’s an excerpt of the statement from his Master’s thesis:

“The SNM’s guerrilla army briefly seized two major cities in Northern Somalia – Hargeisa and Buro – in 1988. Barre and his superior American weapons reacted by emphatically crushing the SNM movement. He essentially leveled the rebel cities. Many civilians died in the crossfire; thousands more fled their homes for the countryside, where water and shelter were short”