Cultural dating practices
In late 1992, US and UN forces intervened in Somalia to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis. At the present time the country remains overwhelmed in inter-clan disputes.
In 1991 people began leaving the country to escape the hunger, rape, and death that had become widespread.
Over one million people fled to neighboring countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Yemen, and Burundi.
Most stayed in large refugee camps that were established to house the Somalis.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s clan-based militias developed in order to oppose and overthrow Barre.Food supplies have been manipulated for political gain resulting in famine and death from starvation.It was estimated by the US Army that by the fall of 1992, 40% of the population of Baidoa and 25% of all Somali children under the age of five had died because of famine.Resettlement programs have enabled families to move to Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Finland, England) and the United States.Somalis in the US live predominantly in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and more recently San Diego and Seattle.