Whose peace is it anyway? Connecting Somali and international peacemaking
Publication date: 
2010
Accord issue: 
21
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Hassan Sheikh describes the many attempts made since 1991 to establish an administration in Mogadishu, ranging from political deals between faction leaders to community initiatives on local level security. The brief authority of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) in 2006 that brought security to the streets of Mogadishu for the first time since 1991 gave a glimpse of what could be possible, but external interests prevented this from developing further.

Mogadishu has never experienced a fully-fledged reconciliation process to restore lost trust and heal the bitter memories of the past among the people. [...] Although the greenline was abolished a long time ago, there is still a psychological partition in many parts of the city. 

Hasan Sheikh Mohamud, writing in Accord 21, 2010