In 1960, Britain and Italy ended their colonial rule in Somaliland. British Somaliland and Italian Somaliland combined, creating the new state of Somalia. In 1969, however, the young nation was overthrown by Mohamed Siad Barre, who set up the authoritarian and socialist state of Somalia, bringing much-needed stability to the nation, despite his known corruption. 1991 marked the ousting of this authoritarian rule and began 15 years of anarchy and chaos as a variety of groups struggled for control of the nation or claimed regions of it as their own. At this point Somaliland broke away from Somalia as a separate territory, although to this day it is not internationally recognized as a sovereign state. Despite the emergence of the new Transitional Federal Government of Somalia in 2004, the government still suffers from internal division and external threats.
Journal of Mine Action
: Vol. 12
, Article 39.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol12/iss1/39