Somalia, and the entire Eastern Horn region of Africa, has been inflicted with neo-colonial conflict for decades. Somalia itself hasn't had any semblance of a central government since 1991. And although Somalia never actually had one colonial abuser like most of Africa, like the rest of the continent, the country has never escaped colonial influence.
As early as the 1830s, Britain began to view Somalia with interest for its shipping purposes. By the 1890s, Britain, France, Italy, and to a much lesser extent, Ethiopia, partitioned ownership of Somalia. As is always the case with African people, this colonial presence was always met with resistance. And this resistance continues to this very day. Indigenous organizations like the Somali Youth League in the 1940s served to rally the Somali people to fight back against oppression. The United Nations held Somalia under trusteeship which is just a fancy way of saying imperialism owned every decision the country made.
Fast forward to today, the dominance of neo-colonialism in Africa has created a scenario where the neighboring regimes, particularly Ethiopia and Eritrea, are led by puppet leaders who are only concerned about their personal influence and control. Thus, they serve no basis in assisting to resolve problems in Somalia. Instead, they are a part of the problem. The capitalist empire countries, led by the U.S. Britain, and France, have spent the last 20+ years painting the picture that Somalia is dominated by "vicious pirates" who attack the pure and white people who venture through the region on water (as if anyone could come into U.S. or British waters without facing stiff resistance). The existence of al Shabad, a supposed alliance group to the Islamic State, in the region has provided much of the capitalist narrative. These are people who are intent upon wiping out the "free and democratic countries" because "they hate our freedoms." The truth is there are certainly some questionable characters operating in the Horn, using Islam as cover for their activities, but they only exist because of imperialism that has wiped out all of the regimes like Libya that would battle the existence of these people, thus creating the vacuum that permits these elements to exist. In fact, the U.S. alone has used the existence of al Shabad as justification to spend the last 15 years establishing approximately 75 military posts all over Africa, including one of the largest installations in Djibouti, the country neighboring Somalia. Their claim that these bases are there to combat al Shabad have proven to be more lies. The truth is they are there to ensure no genuine grassroots forces are permitted to rise and operate in that region in a way that challenges the economic interests of imperialism.
So, our people continue to suffer from starvation in Somalia. This is literally insane to those of us Pan-Africanists who know that Africa has 600 million hectares of arable land that are not being utilized for anything. Just a quarter of that land being used to produce food could easily wipe out starvation in Somalia and the entire Horn of Africa. Half of that land being utilized would wipe out starvation in all of Africa and much of the rest of the world. This is why the starvation problem isn't geographical. It isn't religious. It isn't a human crisis issue. Its a political issue. Its the result of Africa being held in contempt as a hostage of imperialism. Its about the neo-colonial puppet leaders of Africa being in collusion with imperialism to plummet our homeland. And the world's lack of response or even an eye blink about this mass suffering is a strong head nod to white supremacy. You know, the kind that doesn't need a neo-nazi because the system does the nazi work instead.
Meanwhile, racists of all types are walking around talking about how Africans have done nothing to advance the world. The brave people of Somalia have more heart and determination in their feces than these white people talking this nonsense could muster in three life times.