Explorations in History and Society

Exploring and Collecting the History of the Somali clan of Hawiye.

Taking up arms against Menelik

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In Jonathan A. Grant’s book named “Rulers, guns, and money” he states that,

“… In October 1907 the commisioner of Somaliland stated that, though the Somalis were not allowed to purchase arms openly in Djibouti, no restrictions were placed on Arabs and Danakils, who acted as agents for the Somalis. The British vice consul at Harrar, writing of the Hawiya tribe in the Ogaden, who were in revolt against the Ethiopians, reported that they had always been powerful, but had become much stronger after being furnished with a good supply of arms from Djibouti. He anticipated that all the Somali tribes would be so well armed in the near future that the Ethiopians would have great difficulty in preserving their rule in Harrar.”

 

References

“Rulers, guns and money” pg 68

 By Jonathan A. Grant

Written by abshir100

July 1, 2009 at 1:42 am

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