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Vol 54 No 10

Published 10th May 2013


Hassan Sheikh at the wheel

This year’s conference was more about pledging funds for reconstruction than summoning the world to applaud a stunning success

London’s Somalia Conference arrived with a little less fanfare this year. The press conference was held in a smaller room, the United States Secretary of State and most African heads of state were absent and Somaliland refused to send a delegation. Nevertheless, British Prime Minister David Cameron was keen to tell the world that ‘the international community has united around Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’ and that ‘remarkable’ progress had been made against Al Haraka al Shabaab al Mujahideen, who had been ‘driven out of town after town’.

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