Somalia[sō mä′lē ə, sə-; -mäl′yə]
- Somalian adjective, noun
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- So·maˈli·an adjective & n.
Somalia - Cultural Definition
- Britain, France, and Italy established protectorates in the area in the late 1880s. Somalia gained independence in 1960.
- Civil war and famine have recently ravaged the country. In 1992, the United States embarked on a humanitarian intervention designed to ensure delivery of food supplies to the population. After American troops were drawn into a conflict between local warlords and suffered casualties, the United States withdrew from Somalia in 1994. The country currently lacks any central government.