Somalia 'could be base for subversion' – 1960 Foreign Office documents
Richard Norton-TaylorA secret Foreign Office archive from 50 years ago shows that senior British officials feared Somalia could be a base for subversion into east and central Africa, with violence spreading across its border into Kenya.
Documents released on Friday reveal that the warnings came, not in response to al-Shabaab, the group held responsible for this week's attack in Nairobi, but in relation to Somalia's impending independence.
The colonial papers, which have remarkable contemporary resonance, were hidden in British colonial files and unearthed by officials only after an outcry over the suppression of evidence concerning the torture of Mau Mau fighters in pre-independence Kenya.
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"Somalia 'could be base for subversion' – 1960 Foreign Office documents", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2013. Consulté le 07/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/somalia-could-be-base-for-subversion-1960-foreign-office-documents