Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Judy El-Bushra, Judith Gardner and Adan Abokor

in War and Peace in Somalia

Published in print March 2019 | ISBN: 9780190947910
Published online June 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780190055929 | DOI:
Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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This chapter discusses the results of a study on the experience of young men in Somalia, who are the predominant perpetrators and victims of violence. Somali men face high expectations: they are to protect the well-being of the family, kinship group, and clan, and, among other things, demonstrate self-discipline, courage, humanity, and generosity. They are exploited by older elites and are under pressure to support their clan or sub-clan, sometimes by taking up arms. They often face daily physical insecurity, although levels of vulnerability are often tied to class or ethnic background. While young men are often judged by negative stereotypes or perceived as security threats, the chapter suggests that in fact they weigh risks, seek to live by moral values, strive for an education, and try to fulfil family responsibilities by generating an honest income.

Keywords: Somali men; young men; Somalia; violence; male youths

Chapter.  3440 words. 

Subjects: Conflict Politics

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