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Saturday, June 17, 2006

"Gender-Based Violence Galvanized Warlords' Foes; Somali Women Gave Crucial Support for Islamic Militias," Washington Post, 17 June, 2006. [Registrati

"Women were doing what men used to do here," said Shariff Osman, 45, dean of the faculty at Mogadishu University. "They were paying the bills."

When fighting broke out in January, the airwaves suddenly were full of angry denunciations of the secular warlords and support for the Islamic militias fighting them. Most of the callers were women...

[Similar pattern to the transition in Afghanistan that led to the Taliban. -jlt]

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