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Somalia in a State of Nature

by Geoffrey Clarfield (May 2011)


Sir Richard Burton once called the Somalis a nation of "fierce republicans," not a bad description for an entire people, for their attitude towards guns makes the most conservative NRA enthusiast seem like a Gandhian pacifist.  If seven million Somalis inhabit the Horn of Africa, with sizable minorities in neighbouring countries like Kenya and Ethiopia, then perhaps it would be reasonable to assume that among them there is a ratio of seven people per one gun, perhaps more, since almost every adult male member in Somalia has access to a firearm.  more>>>