Somalia was left to its fate, or so it seemed, until it was necessary to deal with the external consequences of conditions within the country, specifically piracy and the consolidation of terrorist organisations. Hence the global dimension of the Somali crisis has come to the fore. However, the tragedy of the Somalis manifests itself in many spheres, most obviously in the lack of a system of order, the absence of basic necessities of life, the violation of human rights, the flight for refuge in Europe, and the brain drain, along with environmental problems, economic decline, and the loss of a collective national identity. So is the world capable of solving the problem of Somalia, or will the option of “crisis management,” which is predicted to lead to more bloodshed, prevail?
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