One of my great mentors was the late Dr. Said S. Samatar, a brilliant scholar and source of encouragement in all of my journalistic endeavors. “Abo” guided much of my professional and personal involvement in Somalia and all things Somali. He was insightful, generous, warm and witty. I will miss my conversations him dearly.
THE LAND OF MY FATHERS Chapter Two: Searching For the ‘Star of Mogadishu’ The Mogadishu night swept away gradually, like a large, indigo curtain being withdrawn into the wings of a giant stage, leaving only the reassuring architecture of the heavens, so perfect that the Somalis tried to recreate the essence of its pull […]
http://www.stoopstorytelling.com/storytellers/960 Telling some old war stories of my assignment in Mogadishu during the early days of the U.S. military intervention in 1992-93.
WASHINGTON — Washington. — Just before he was overthrown almost three years ago, Somalian President Mohamed Siad Barre vowed in one of his final national addresses to “leave a people without a country.” By the time an armored convoy containing Mr. Siad Barre left the shell-pocked Presidential Palace in Mogadishu, the dictator had made good […]
Morning Edition Jan 13, 1993 ALEX CHADWICK, host: In Somalia, a US Marine Corps private was shot dead in an apparent ambush during a patrol near the airport in Mogadishu last night. Marines have responded by tightening security at checkpoints throughout the city. This was the first killing of an American serviceman since Operation Restore […]