Socialist Somalia: The legacy of Barre’s military regime

Fifty years ago today in Somalia, Mohammed Siad Barre’s military coup ended Somalia’s brief democratic period, which paved the way for civil war when the regime eventually collapsed. His contested legacy divides Somalis to this day.

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Armed men and women march for over four hours to celebrate the anniversary of the military coup during the Ogaden War in Mogadishu, Somalia (Photo by Jean-Claude FRANCOLON / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
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Mohammed Siad Barre during an anniversary parade of the coup in October 1977 (Photo by Jean Claude FRANCOLON/Gamma-Rapho). (Getty Images)
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Smallpox posters all over the streets of Mogadishu offering a reward of 200 Somali Shillings or $30 to anyone reporting a smallpox case. (Getty Images)
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June 12 1974, Mogadishu, President of Somalia Said Barre puts his arm around Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere before a meeting at the O.A.U. summit (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)
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Graffiti on the walls of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu denouncing Russo-Cuban intervention in the Ogaden War on the side of Ethiopia. The combined efforts of the Soviet Union and the Cuban army forced Somalia to retreat (Photo by Jean-Claude FRANCOLON) (Getty Images)

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