5 Shilin, 1986

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10 Shilin, 1987

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20 Shilin, 1989

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Front: Central Bank of Somalia building

Back: Cattle


Central Bank

Central Bank

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100 Shilin, 1987

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Front: Woman with baby, rifle and farm tools; Dhagaxtuur Monument

The literal translation for Dhagaxtuur is "Stone throwing". The monument symbolizes the struggle for independence from the colonial occupation. Protestors were throwing stones at the British forces, demanding that Italy not be given the trusteeship of Somalia during the 10 year transition period to independence.

Back: Workers in factory


Dhagaxtuur Monument

Dhagaxtuur Monument

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500 Shilin, 1989

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Front: Fisherman mending net

Back: Isbahaysiga Mosque, Mogadishu

Isbahaysiga Mosque (Mosque of Islamic Solidarity), built in 1976 with funds from the Saudi government, is the largest mosque in Mogadishu.


Isbahaysiga Mosque

Isbahaysiga Mosque

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50 N Shilin, 1991
Mogadishu North Forces

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Somalia was governed by various local warlords after the collapse of the central government in 1991. This note was issued by Ali Mahdi Mohammed, a warlord who controlled northern Mogadishu, to pay his troops who were battling another warlord, Mohammed Farah Aideed, over who got to collect the taxes on Somalia's banana exports. The note, although dated 1991, was issued much later.

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Somalia, located on the horn of Africa, was formerly Italian Somaliland. It joined with the British Somaliland in 1960 to form the Somali Republic. The northwestern section seceded in 1991 to become the Somaliland Republic. For a more detailed country profile, see CIA World Factbook on Somalia.




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