the 1944 somaliland camel corps

Imperial assign of a Somali nation during a finish of a nineteenth century combined a patchwork of Somalilands, so to speak. Great Britain conquered a northern Somali nation (British Somaliland or Somaliland Protectorate),France claimed a northwest segment (Djibouti or French

Somaliland), Italy assigned a southern segment (Italian Somalia), as well as Ethiopia grabbed a southwestern forests as well as plains (Haud as well as Ogaden).1 In British Somaliland in in in in in in in between 1899 as well as 1920 a allotment campaigns of a administration department department department department department as well as a insurgency of a Sayyid Muhammad Abdulla Hassan2 led to epidemics, deterioration of a ecology, decrease in a rural

economy, a finish fall of trade, as well as pervasive insecurity.3 In 1912, a administration department department department department department shaped a Somaliland Camel Corps to residence a confidence problem around a categorical towns of Berbera, Burao (headquarters of a army), as well as Hargeysa, as well as to open traffic routes in in in in in in in between a seashore as well as a interior. Meanwhile, short-distance emigration from a countryside to a towns, as well as long-distance emigration to Kenya, Aden, as well as England, increased. The initial recruits of a armed forces were migrants from a farming areas to a towns. Migrants to Kenya additionally entered a Kings African Rifles, as well as alternative confidence forces in East Africa. The migrants inside as well as outward the

country participated in both operative category as well as renouned politics. The 1944 Somaliland Camel Corps mutiny gives us an insight in to a form as well as ease of which process.

The mutiny usual many characteristics with a governing body of salaried groups in Africa via a 1940s, a duration in which (as Frederick Cooper has argued) a call of strikes swept a continent. The strikes were poignant not usually in series or in man-days lost, yet in a peculiarity of a set upon routine itself: they enclosed ubiquitous strikes or alternative such events which transcended a bounds of a sold attention or location, as well as they took place in exposed nodes of a economies. The strikes were able to pull upon a resources as well as oneness of communities given a issues lifted by a workers would not stay in a workplace as well as dovetailed extremely with renouned anger as well as angst about assorted issues.4 The mutiny differed from a governing body of strikes in a rest of a continent in a singular peculiar way. Workers via a continent demanded equivalence of salary in in in in in in in between Europeans as well as Africans. For instance, a workers upon a French West African railways demanded next to compensate in in in in in in in between skilled workers land a same job irrespective of race.5 The language as well as rhetoric of rights stressed a simple actuality which neither a laws nor a machines belong to any a singular race.6 The soldiers, in contrast, did not approach next to compensate with Europeans, yet with Asians. Why? First of all, there were no British feet soldiers inside of a armed forces with whom they could review salaries as well as explain next to rights, as well as they could not explain equivalence of salary with their officers. Second, given a British armed forces was a multinational army, they could review their salaries with Asians. Asians received aloft salary as well as improved services than Africans. Finally, Asian standing was renouned in a nation during a 1940s, given there was a drawn out fright in Somaliland about what migrants in Kenya called East Africanization a fright which Europeans would take over a land as they had finished in Kenya. The singular many critical contribution finished by a displaced person village in Kenya to Somaliland as well as to a soldiers was a approach for Asian standing as well as a fright of East Africanization. The soldiers consciously drew upon those fears to win renouned await as well as to bona fide their demands. The governing body of a soldiers, in short, overlapped with renouned politics. The paper seeks to review them contrapuntally.7 There is unfortunately no historiography upon renouned governing body in British Somaliland with which to open a discussion. There have been no studies, for instance, upon a 1944 or 1937 mutiny, or upon a story of a corps. H.F. Prevost-Battersby published a hagiography rsther than than a autobiography of Captain Richard Corfield, a initial commander in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief of a corps, in 1914.8 There have been no studies either upon a governing body of alternative salaried groups polite servants, Public-Works Department employees, policemen, dock workers, as well as coolies. This investigate begins an urgently indispensable chronological exploration in to renouned as well as operative category governing body in Somaliland. Somaliland Camel Corps Mutiny 95


In Jan 1944, a British East Africa High Command motionless to send a Somaliland Camel Corps to Kenya for a short duration of training. The intent was to mechanize a regiment, as well as send it to war. The sequence was to be effective upon March. The armed forces refused to imitate with a order. They drafted a missive to a autocratic military military military officer of a corps, Lt Colonel A. A.B.

Harris-Rivett, in which they staid 3 conditions underneath which they would conform a sequence of transfer. First, they contingency be given a standing of Asians so which they could embrace aloft salary as well as improved services, promotions, rations, as well as uniforms, allotted specifically to Asians, as well as denied to

Africans. They asked for, to have use of their own words, Rules as well as Regulation of Asiatics, Dress, Rations, Accommodation as well as promotions etc.. Second, they contingency be treated with request oneself given a Camel Corps was an aged unchanging regiment. Third, they contingency be authorised to designate an deputy who would have certain which their families received their remittances upon time.9 On 9 May the

commander of a armed forces wrote back to a soldiers. On twenty-eight May, a soldiers asked a clerk of a district supervision central of Burao, Michael Mariano,10 to interpret their commanders letter, given it was written in English, which zero of a soldiers could review or write.

Before identical to encounter a soldiers, Mariano informed a district supervision central of a minute as well as a request of a soldiers. The district supervision central did not intent to his impasse in a brawl during which superficial level. Mariano insisted which alternative distinguished members of a village in Burao become concerned in a issue. On 2 June, 5 comparison members of

the corps, 4 distinguished civilians of a town, as well as Ahmed Sheikh Abdi (the interpreter of a corps), met during Marianos residence for a celebration of a mass of a letter. Before celebration of a mass a minute to a gathered men, Michael Mariano requested a comparison members of a armed forces to swear upon a Quran (Holy Book) which they would attend to reason (and which they) had no ulterior motive in entrance to this meeting.11

The commanders minute to a soldiers discharged their final for Asian status. He told them which Somalis were Africans as well as not Asians, as well as so they would not be given such status, nor by extension a services, promotions, rations, as well as uniforms allotted to Asians. The Somalis were an

unknown people to many British people as well as have not fought for us all over a world similar to a Indians, Arabs . . . as well as West Africans, they could not be given any privileges. The British armed forces was large, as well as special manners cannot be finished for everyone. As for family remittances, he would take a greatest difficulty to see which remittance(s) get delivered regularly.12 After a interpretation of a minute to a member of a corps, a short contention ensued. The member of a armed forces told Mariano as well as a others benefaction in a assembly which there was zero to which they could intent in a letter.13

But which was a misjudgement, for upon a following day (3 June) members

96 History Workshop Journal of a armed forces hold a mass meeting14 in a aged sector of Burao. About 200askaris (soldiers) sat down in a vast circle as well as discussed a series of subjects, in in in in in between them being a theme of Asian status, Asian quarrel gratuities, family remittances, as well as astringency of a punishments they were receiving. When they accomplished a discussion, they all took a Mohammedan promise to be assimilated in these matters, as well as agreed which unless their grievances were

given correct redress they would not go to Kenya.15 Then a soldiers hold an additional assembly in a religious site a funeral ground of a sheikh a marked down distance outward Burao. Rituals, as well as in particular, a oath, have been executive to all amicable movements.16 Their symbolism unites ease as well as form as well as gives coherence, as well as amicable as well as religious sanction, to a domestic wake up undertaken.17 There was an determined tradition of a impasse of sacrament in criticism activities in Somaliland. For instance, religious figures, mostly Sufis, played a pass purpose in a jingoist movement from 1900 to 1920, a Burao proof in 1939, as well as a anti locust-control fighting back in 1945. Sufi total as well as orders traditionally legitimated antithesis to as well as criticism opposite authority. The land of a second assembly by a askaris during a funeral ground of a Sufi figure was deliberate. The askaris were regulating a symbolic purpose of sacrament to win renouned support, as well as to bona fide their demands.

At a funeral ground a contention again centered on: 1. Asian as well as African status. 2. Gratituties after a war. 3. Treatment already due to Somalis who had fought a Italians. 4. Family remittances as well as clothing.18 They resolved not to accept a sequence of send unless their final were accepted, as well as took a religious promise to sojourn united. The religious aspect of it [the meeting] was merely a disguise for a domestic assembly during which grievances19 were discussed. Then they marched in what a commander in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief of a armed forces called a open proof from a funeral ground to a centre of a town, duration singing a praises of a prophet. They used a proof to petrify a tip agreement as well as to exhibit their togetherness as well as massed strength.20 They hold their next open assembly in a largest mosque in a heart of a aged town, which permitted a appearance of a townsfolk in a discussion. Their target was to win open support. At a mosque, a little NCOs who were concerned which things competence be starting as well far, asked Michael Mariano to Come as well as verbalise to these organisation for us. They have been vehement as well as will not attend to our advice.21 Michael Mariano did not verbalise to a arrange as well as file, yet suggested which a little of a NCOs encounter him in a residence near a mosque. He discussed their grievances with them, as well as in a end, counselled them to verbalise yet delay with a personality of a corps, as well as to settle a emanate peacefully as well as yet open demonstration. They supposed his recommendation as well as promised to request for an interview with a commander in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief of a corps,22 after which a infantry returned to a fort yet incident.

On a sunrise of 4 Jun Mariano as well as Sgt Musa Galaal23 called for a assembly in in in in in in in between ten critical merchants of a locale as well as NCO member of a askaris24 which was convened upon a dusk of a same day. The civilians listened to as well as afterwards discharged a final as well as grievances of a soldiers. They advised a NCOs to desist from land mass meetings as well as insubordination, which they warned would destroy their reputation, to return to work yet any conditions, to carry out their organisation as they should do, as well as to keep their officers informed of any developments. 25 They additionally promised to take a matter up with a autocratic military military military officer of a corps.26 Meanwhile upon a sunrise of a 5th a commander in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief of a armed forces instituted an sequence of disarmament, which compulsory all a squadrons to return ammunitions in excess of 5 rounds per rifle.27 In reply to a order, as well as to a ubiquitous stalemate in negotiations, a soldiers hold a mass assembly during a disaster in a barracks. They construed a sequence of disarmament as a preface to repression. (Rumours fast widespread in in in in in between a askaris, as well as in a locale which in a dusk of a 5th, East African infantry would arrive to take over a barricades, as well as restrain a troops.) The assembly motionless to accept a sequence of disarmament, yet to go upon to challenge a sequence of send until their final were met.28 The soldiers additionally motionless to go upon a dialogue with a commander in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief of a corps, as well as sent him a summary requesting an interview. The commander

parried which they should designate a deputy to benefaction their grievances formally. They abandoned his suggestion. Since their preference was collective, they did not want to expose any singular person for prosecution. After a commander in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief refused a meeting, zero serve was listened from them.29 They motionless to insurgent upon which dusk a 5th of June. The preference to insurgent was leaked by a member of a corps, L/C Mohamed Rageh, to Major W.R. Whaley. But Rageh gave Major Whaley obscure as well as radically misleading inform about a exact date of a rebellion. He told Major Whaley not to emanate arms to a soldiers a next day, given there would be trouble, as well as which even yet not all a organisation were concerned in a formulation of such trouble, there were a couple of whose e.g. competence widespread to a others.30 Major Whaley motionless to tell a autocratic military military military officer of a corps. But it was as well late. The initial bullets were dismissed usually as he was passing upon a information, a couple of mins after 8 p.m. upon 5 June.31 At which moment, according to General William Platt, massed rioting pennyless out inside of a devalue of a camel corps:

Several guards forlorn their posts, armouries as well as stores were damaged in to by force, rifles, automatics as well as ammunition were looted, as well as stores [by] Somali soldiers as well as civilians. There was many banishment in to a air as well as ubiquitous sound as well as confusion. Civilians during once assimilated in with a soldiers. There were no casualties from firing.

The ubiquitous added,

If carnage had once started, it is unfit to know, with a feverishness of a Somali temperament, where it competence have ended, as well as with what 98 History Workshop Journal results, not usually in a Protectorate yet outside, creation as it would excellent propaganda for have use of by our enemies opposite a British Empire.32

The commander in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief of a armed forces as well as a alternative British officers simply did nothing, hence a absence of bloodshed. They usually cumulative a municipal territory of a locale where Europeans lived, which a rebels never even approached. By 5 a.m. a massed rioting had died out, as well as a fort were underneath a carry out of British officers as well as constant members of a corps. But a fort were empty. The rebels simply forlorn in mass.33

According to Sgt Musa Galaal, a initial shots were dismissed usually when he was about to proceed training an dusk category a couple of mins after 8 p.m. He went outward as well as saw about fifty organisation entering a singular arms depot by a damaged door, seizing rifles as well as ammunition. He went to an additional armoury, as well as drew a rifle as well as ammunition for himself, as well as stood guard during a door. Other soldiers appeared, pennyless a door, as well as looted it. He testified which he did not shoot during a looters, given he had no orders to do so, as well as a rebels took no notice of him.34 Unlike Sgt Musa Galaal a infancy of a soldiers were concerned in a rebellion, as well as a guards in all offered no insurgency as well as assimilated in a rioting.35 G.T. Fisher staid definitely which no partial of a Corps . . . can be pronounced to be reliable; generally those who have been apparently loyal, as well as who stayed in their barracks. Those who stayed in a barracks, mostly comparison members of a force, were a chief instigators of a trouble. They had cumulative many of a loot, as well as roughly positively a infancy of a rifles, as well as yet pose prior to us as steady as well as constant troops.36 The mutiny, then, concerned a total force.

It additionally concerned a municipal population, who fast appeared in vast numbers upon a stage of a rioting as well as participated in a banishment of rifles as well as in a looting of equipment, arms, ammunition, clothes, uniforms, as well as rations such as rice, sugar, tea, butter, as well as salt.37 The askaris had sought from a commencement to win their support, for example by land assorted meetings during a middle of a locale as well as in a mosque, as well as so people were aware of a little of a plans. Once a rebel pennyless out they were mobilized by a askaris. As Mohamed Hallah put it, a initial party of Askaris who had taken rifles had gone to a HAFA [shanty town] [and] told a civilians

that they had disobeyed orders, as well as which a quarrel was right divided in in in in in in in between a infidels as well as Mohammedans. He repeated, they told them to go to a S.C.C. [Somali Camel Corps] fort as well as loot.38 The civilians who participated in a mutiny, many women amongst them afterwards fast went out in to a country,39 so which by 5 a.m. a locale was still as well as deserted.

According to Sgt Galaal a civilians simply took advantage of a difficulty as well as looted a stores whilst a askaris took a rifles as well as ammunition. Sir William Platt strongly disagreed with such analysis. For him, a civilians as well as a soldiers consorted in a premeditated as well as programmed rebellion. 40 He staid which a polite race of Burao were concerned, together with a soldiers, not usually in execution, yet in representation as well as planning. The acceleration with which events occurred as well as a acceleration as well as numbers in which civilians appeared upon a stage have no alternative conclusion possible.41

Not all a civilians were compromised by a mutiny. Both G.T. Fisher as well as Michael Mariano finished what was tantamount to a category research of a mutiny, as well as a purpose of a civilians in it. According to Michael Mariano, a effect of a proof upon a people of Burao was to divide a open in to dual classes:

A. The critical village of Burao cruise a situation to be a disgraceful action upon a partial of a S.C.C. They have endeavoured to assist a D.C. [District Commissioner] to ease down any probable greeting of a people of a interior as well as in a town; B. The reduction obliged Somali civilians in Burao locale think which a S.C.C. were fit in behaving as they did.42

The multiplication of a village in in in in in in in between a critical as well as a reduction responsible, between, which is, a chosen as well as a subaltern, was additionally finished by G.T. Fisher, who wrote which a total armed forces as well as a misfortune elements in a nation had colluded in a studied action of rebellion, whilst a leaders as well as Akils [elite] have been expectantly looking right divided to a supervision for a lead; as well as they will not assimilate or conclude any compromise with a rebels.43 In an additional report, he remarkable which a Akils as well as others have been during benefaction assisting supervision in bringing in a deserters [rebels] from a Corps, as well as mobilizing open perspective opposite their tactics.44 The chosen collaborated with a supervision in a recovery of arms as well as Government skill stolen during a Camel Corps disturbances.45


The usual practice as well as struggles of a askaris given a arrangement of a armed forces in 1912 had determined as well as shaped their temperament of interests as well as organisation consciousness. When in 1909 a imperial supervision had sent Sir Reginald Wingate, a Governor of a Sudan, to Somaliland with a charge to indicate what could be finished to finish a jingoist rebel of a Sayyid Muhammad Abdulla Hassan, Wingate had recommended a abandonment of a interior as well as a concentration of forces as well as resources upon a coast, which was adopted effectively upon Mar 1910. The imperial supervision was during a time reluctant to send some-more expeditions opposite a Sayyid; as well as a Sayyid was not eager to come to conditions with a British over a destiny of a country. The Sayyids finish conquest of a interior, a famine (Xarrama Cune unhallowed time) which ravaged a population, as well as a finish fall of a commerce of Berbera, forced the

100 History Workshop Journal supervision to shift a strategy.46 The merchants of Berbera Somali, Greek, Jews, Arabs, as well as Indians drew attention in a memorial to a inauspicious goods of a benefaction state of affairs upon trade.47 They complained about a unsold goods fibbing in warehouses, as well as pleaded with a supervision to stabilise a situation in a interior.48 The concerns of a traders dovetailed with those of a administration, which was disturbed which the

Sayyids sequence over a interior competence become permanent as well as legitimate. In reply to a prevailing political, economic, as well as confidence crisis, a armed forces was shaped in Apr 1912 as a mobile distinguished force, not reduction than seventy strong, maintaining sequence by coercion inside of fifty miles or so of Berbera.49 Its charge was to prevent a skirmish upon a seashore [by a Sayyid

Muhammad Abdulla Hassan], maintain peace in in in in in between a coastal tribes,50 as well as secure a traffic routes from a interior to Berbera. From afterwards on, a force played an critical purpose in a quarrel opposite a Sayyid, as well as in a allotment as well as reconquest of a interior in a post-Sayyid period.

During a early colonial period, a force regularly took punitive measures opposite a pastoralists of a interior. Often a usually European in in in in in between them during a endeavour of such expeditions was Captain Richard Corfield, a initial commander in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief of a corps. They had no remorse about obeying orders which led to a raiding as well as looting of a wealth, as well as death, of a pastoralists. In 1912, for example, H.A. Byatt, a Commissioner of a Protectorate imposed a excellent upon a dia-paying organisation [a organisation sharing a payment of blood-money]. The askaris, led by Captain Corfield, encircled a settlement, killed thirty-eight men, as well as carried off 1,282 camels, 11,300 sheep, 170 cows, seventeen donkeys, six horses, as well as sixteen rifles.51 In 1913 a excellent from an additional such organisation was picked up with identical ferocity. The askaris, led by Corfield, finished a fast skirmish upon them as well as drove off with some-more than a amount of stock compulsory to encounter their liabilities. 52 The armed forces was constant to, as well as committed to a retreat of, colonial

rule. It was additionally a rebel force. Fisher staid which a armed forces was regularly a hot bed of difficulty as well as amour given 1922,53 characterized by warding off to conform orders, sit-down strikes, shouting, abandonment with weapons, untrustworthiness as guards, collusive theft, occasional stone throwing as well as sketch of knives, yet little earthy violence.54 The many poignant action of rebelliousness by a soldiers during a 1930s was a 1937 mutiny,55 triggered by a approach for aloft wages. Their rebel governing body continued during a war. Disaffection [has] been prevalent for a final 3 years, Fisher wrote, in in in in in between assorted Somali units; as well as they have been compared with apparently trivial complaints, such as objections to certain sorts of clothing, as well as rations; as well as warding off to perform opposite kinds of fatigue duties.56

The historiography of a governing body of salaried groups in colonial Somali multitude is, to contend a least, undeveloped, which creates analogous investigate difficult. There is, however, a formidable historiography of working-class governing body in alternative parts of Africa,57 generally for areas of Southern Africa, French West Africa, Kenya or Nigeria in which capitalism had a approach as well as harmful impact. In areas similar to Somaliland where no Europeans settled, as well as no vast entrepreneur enterprises developed, a emanate is mostly ignored. The assumption is which yet industrial development, there is no operative class, as well as no working-class domestic alertness (in a creation or already

made) or protest. This was a assumption even about pre-1920s Southern Africa.58 But such limited understanding of a governing body of salaried groups as well as workers has been mutated in recent years by such historians as Charles Van Onselen, Myron Echenberg, Terence Ranger, as well as John Higginson, to mention a name few.

African operative category alertness manifested itself in a activities of a workers; in a patterns of deterrence of, resourceful appearance in, as well as abandonment from, mines, as well as in day-to-day situations, as well as in set upon action.59 In Senegal, for instance, Myron Echenberg has shown, a criticism of soldiers in 1 December 1944 during a fort of Thiaroye, near Dakar, was a ripened offspring of a arrangement as well as residue of a soldiers as a usual group, unwavering of their need for unity.60 Such alertness was shaped upon a hard knowledge of war, as well as afterwards of postwar discrimination, which led a soldiers to develop a heightened alertness of themselves as

Africans assimilated by their usual knowledge in suffering.61 The governing body of such soldiers will not be scrupulously accepted if a singular searches for blow up organizations, or associations, or operative category ideology; a pass lies in their a day-to-day governing body as well as activities. So it was with a askaris of a Somali Camel Corps.


The executive theme addressed by a Court of Inquiry, convened by a Commander of a Northern Sub Area of a East African Command from 6 to twelve June, was whether a mutiny was extemporaneous or organized. The Court deserted Fishers as well as Platts evidence which it was as well as orderly rebellion. They agreed which there was a clever guess which a organisation as well as youth NCOs of a armed forces had formulated a little sort of proof in a eventuality of there being signs of open repression, yet found no petrify evidence which a situation was a definitely programmed riot. The youth NCOs programmed proof opposite hang-up had escalated in to a full-scale fighting back as a outcome of a disarmament sequence as well as a widespread of a gossip which a withdrawal of ammunition (and rifles) was a preface to a S.C.C fort being taken over by East African troops. This rumour, a Court added, was serve substantiated by a attainment of 4 trucks in a fort upon a dusk of 5 June. The mutiny was a outcome of a extemporaneous greeting to a appearance of a East African infantry in a fort upon a dusk of a 5th.62

The justice shaped a conclusions mainly upon a sworn statement of a Somali NCOs, many of whom, as a final inform indicated, staid which a fighting back 102 History Workshop Journal took them by finish surprise. The exception was Sgt Hassan Gabobeh who testified which upon a sunrise of a 5th (that is, after a assembly of a soldiers during a barracks), he met an askari (Ali Abdi) of C Squadron, who told him which he guess his armed military craft were starting to equates to trouble. He asked Ali Abdi what sort of trouble, as well as was told which they were starting to mangle in to a arms depot as well as take rifles. This was a clearest statement which a mutiny was planned, as well as shows a significance of a assembly of a askaris upon a sunrise of a 5th. Sgt Gabobeh combined which a rumours about East African infantry receiving over a fort contributed to a incident, yet did not equates to it. The inform was substantiated by askaris he met upon a dusk of a 5th (the night of a mutiny), who informed him which Sgt Ali Hussein, a NCO of C squadron, had told a organisation which if they saw light entrance towards a barracks, they were to take their kits as well as get divided from a square, as infantry competence be entrance to approximate a barracks. He attempted to send this inform to a commander in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief of a corps, yet usually as he reached a barracks, shots were heard.63 Sgt Gabobeh was even frank with a commander in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief of a armed forces about a intentions of a armed forces as early as 3rd of June, a day a soldiers marched from a funeral ground to downtown Burao. As Harris-Rivett related a conversation:

At about 2200 hrs which night [3rd] Sgt Hassan Gabobi of a S.C.C. came to my residence as well as informed me which a procession [demonstration] had consisted of about 300 askari. That a organisation were very vehement as well as he guess they meant to have trouble.64 Unlike Gabobeh, other. NCOs stressed a extemporaneous inlet of a revolt. Sgt Mohamed Elmi testified which he listened soldiers upon a 6th observant which they had listened which amn as well as rifles had been withdrawn from . . . a Squns, as well as which . . . infantry were entrance to occupy S.C.C. barracks. Once a trucks arrived upon a dusk of a 5th they rebelled. In my opinion, resolved Sgt Elmi, a Askaris guess which a attainment of a trucks, together with a withdrawal of arms gave credence to a gossip which infantry were about to occupy a barracks, as well as which caused a trouble.65

The sworn statement listened by a justice stressed a extemporaneous inlet of a rebel for many reasons. None of a arrange as well as file, as well as a leaders of a revolt, testified. The personality of a mutiny, R.S.M. Burreh Gulaid, forlorn with a soldiers. Sgt Ali Hussein did not testify either. He was benefaction at

barracks during 20.30 hours,66 as well as afterwards deserted. The NCOs which remained in a fort after a fighting back died out were concerned to keep their jobs, something in a finish they failed to grasp as a total force was disbanded. And so they presented an obscure sworn statement in which they

stressed their own ignorance of a events. Sgt Elmi testified about what he listened upon a 6th not a 5th or earlier. And Sgt Gabobeh never reported to a commander in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief about what a askari (Ali Abdi) told him upon a sunrise of a 5th. By a time he motionless to send inform to a commander in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief about what soldiers told him, upon a dusk of a 5th, it was of march as well late. Fisher remained distrustful about a sworn statement of a NCOs. He insisted which zero of them could be trusted. They orderly a rebel yet stand prior to us as innocent. Fishers indignant statement had a basement in fact. The NCOs took partial in a demonstrations upon a 3rd as well as 4th as well as attended a assembly upon a sunrise of a 5th. The preference to rebel was reached in which meeting. Yet Sgt Ahmed Hersi, for instance, insisted which he never took partial in discussions in in in in in between a arrange as well as file. On a dusk of a 3rd he saw

a vast series of organisation upon a distant side of a river bed by a Sheikh [tomb]. They appeared to be deliberating something. When you approached you listened them contend Here is a Provost Sgt. you asked them what they were doing. They replied which it was their business, as well as told me to go away.67

Either a NCOs knew zero about a mutiny, or they schooled about it usually prior to a initial bullets were fired. None of a NCOs were released from a meetings upon a 3rd, 4th as well as sunrise of a 5th except Sgt Musa Galaal given he was a teacher, a recent recruit to a armed forces (1939), as well as opposite a have use of of violence, or of set upon methods, or threats. He testified which a events upon a dusk of a 5th took him completely by surprise.68 The denials of a alternative NCOs were interested, so to speak. The assorted tip meetings upon a 3rd as well as a 5th, a very discerning reply to a outbreak of firing69 by all a askaris, as well as a discerning as well as fit approach the

askaris staged a event, as well as afterwards deserted, all indicate which in actuality it was not spontaneous, yet planned.

The mutiny, it contingency be forked out, did not proceed upon a dusk of a 5th, yet rsther than a moment a soldiers refused to imitate with a sequence of transfer, as well as put their warding off in a minute antiquated 1 April. As Sgt Gabobeh told a commander in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief upon a 3rd, a askaris were not formulation to compromise during all. The events upon a dusk of a 5th were merely a logical denouement

to a play which began formally as well as in essay in April. Their warding off to imitate with a sequence was consistently upheld, as well as supported, by all a soldiers. They additionally fit their deviance to management upon a consistent basis: a approach for aloft salary as well as improved operative conditions, in a word, Asian status.


One of a auxiliary conditions of reference for a Commission of Inquiry was: Were infantry theme to outward or rebellious influences?70 The Court found no rebellious shift upon a askaris from inside of or yet a country. It radically abandoned a approach of a soldiers for aloft salary in conditions of Asian status. What were a significance as well as origin of a query for Asian status?

The approach for Asian standing was formulated in Kenya by migrants from Somaliland. In 1939, a displaced person as well as a inland Somali race of Northern Frontier Province were estimated during 600 as well as 37,000, respectively. 71 The displaced person village consisted of retired soldiers recruited from British Somaliland in in in in in in in between a years 1900 to 1914.72 After completing use in a Uganda Rifle Expeditionary Force, Kings African Rifles or East African Constabularies they had adopted Kenya as their home, earning their provision by traffic in livestock,73 or as petty traders, officers servants, as well as headmen of shooting expeditions, etc.74 Like all initial era migrants, they kept looking backwards as many as forwards as well as hence acquired shift in a homeland. They focused upon dual specific issues: initial a risk for Somaliland of what they called East Africanization, as well as second a need to resist colonial rule.

East Africanization implied dual things for a Kenya Somalis. First, a loss of land, as a people of East Africa, in sold Kenya, had mislaid their land to European settlers. Second, a loss of rights, as well as even worse, a condemning of a people to a lowest stage in a hierarchical colonial secular system. In Kenya, during a apex of a secular hierarchy, stood a Europeans a initial estate, so to speak; followed by Asians, who assigned an intermediate position; as well as finally, Africans, during a bottom. In a entrepreneur society, a reification of alertness takes place by a fetish of commodity,75 whilst in a colonial context a reification of alertness takes place by a fetish of race.76 The displaced person village from Somaliland supposed a phantom objectivity of a widespread secular classification complement as well as a secular hierarchy in Kenya. They did not try to overpower it. Rather they attempted to move up a secular hierarchy, so to speak, to a usually standing they could possibly gain: Asian status.77 (Meanwhile a Asians were agitating in 1932 to gain European status.)78 The target of a Somali-Kenyans was to titillate their lot. They had positive goals as well as sought to try by artful equates to to get a domestic institution rsther than than overpower it.79 They wanted a same rights as Asians: aloft wages, as well as improved employment as well as traffic opportunities.
In 1915, a Kenya supervision classified displaced person Somalis as native. The migrants deserted a status, as well as underneath their pressure a supervision relented as well as in 1917 re-classified their standing as non-native.80 Under a poll-tax system, shaped upon a hierarchy of races, Europeans paid a top rate (forty shillings); Asians a second top (thirty shillings); as well as natives a lowest (twenty shillings).81 The migrants paid a Asian rate given of their categorization as non-native, yet yet they were refused a rights of Asiatics in alternative respects,82 which is, in salary, employment, as well as services. In a 1930s, they increasingly attempted to internationalize

their onslaught for Asian standing as well as rights, as well as sought to shift a Colonial Office, heading British figures, as well as open perspective in Somaliland. In December 1930, for instance, they presented by an deputy a apply to to a Duke of Gloucester when he visited Somaliland. The apply to appealed for his await in their onslaught for Asian standing as well as rights. They additionally sent a identical apply to to a Secretary of State for a Colonies. Neither a Duke of Gloucester, nor a Secretary of State for Colonies, gave them any support.

Indeed underneath a 1936 Poll Tax Ordinance (Section 2), which marked down their taxes to twenty shillings, they mislaid their non-native status. For them, a shift indicated wickedness of status, as well as so they orderly an organisation (the British Ishak Community), as well as in 1938 as well as 1939, allocated dual representatives: a singular in Somaliland, Haji Farah Oomar,83 as well as an additional in London, Abby Farah. They consecrated Haji Farah Oomar to benefaction their apply to to Lord Dufferin during his revisit to Somaliland in Mar 1938. In 1939, they asked Abby Farah to sinecure a barrister in London to have representations to a colonial office upon their behalf. Their target was to shift open perspective in Somaliland as well as central perspective in London. In early 1939, moreover, they refused to compensate a native tax. An intelligence inform remarkable which a Somali displaced person village is agitating to be granted Asiatic status. One manifestation of this agitation, a inform added, is a warding off to compensate Sh.20/- check tax. The few, who paid a tax, including a leaders of a community, endeavoured to keep a actuality secret, apparently by fright of probable reprisals. As a outcome a series of taxation defaulters have been committed to prison,84 as well as alternative members of a village were refused permission to enter or traffic in superficial districts. The boss of a community, Ega Musa, complained which a village was facing starvation, hurt as well as disaster.85 The Kenya administration, as a barrister of a village put it, arrested a taxation defaulters as well as when this was ineffective they were additionally fined, which led to monetary hurt for many. By Jun 1939, a singular hundred members of a village . . . were in jail,86 as well as a vast series (were) watchful to go to prison.87

Neither a colonial office nor a Kenya supervision was willing to shift a standing of a displaced person Somali community, given a total complement of carry out as well as taxation hinged upon secular classification. The taxation complement was unsympathetic yet necessary, a singular inform stated: required given a accounting complement used even by lettered natives was so archaic which a secular complement was a many fit approach of collecting revenue; unsympathetic given a distinctions drawn in in in in in in in between a assorted races would . . . automatically cease if any changes, however minor, were finished in a taxation system. A domino effect would ensue, which in a migrant-Somali case, would give climb to identical claims by alternative Somali sections, including those inland to a Northern Frontier Province of Kenya as well as including additionally a inhabitants of British Somali land.88 The displaced person village was hence denied Asian status, yet it had succeeded by restlessness as well as persistence in securing for themselves privileges which were given to Asiatics, as well as which were funded from a inland population. Their wage-level, for instance, was upon a same scale as which of Indians, as well as very extremely upon top of which of a internal population.89

By a late 1930s, a onslaught for Asian standing in Kenya as well as London was lost, as well as so a village switched a arena of their onslaught to Somaliland. Their target was to convene a race behind a approach for Asian status, as well as radically win a quarrel by proxy. They began to play a poignant purpose in a governing body of a country, as for instance, in a anti-education proof in Burao in 1939, when a hazard of East Africanization was used as a justification. Haji Farah Oomar, their deputy in a country, was a singular of a leaders of a riot. And in a 1940s, they targeted a camel corps. The Court of Inquiry abandoned a rebellious shift of migrants in Kenya upon a mutiny, yet Fisher did not. He argued which a fright of East Africanization had for many years . . . influenced British Somaliland, as well as finished a people of this nation very critical about all aspects of colonial policies. During a war, migrants from Kenya as well as Aden were in many closer touch with this nation than ever before, as well as circulated a fright of East Africanization in in in in in between a population. In addition, they were all a time urging upon their fellow countrymen which their eccentric standing is right divided being involved by a deliberate process of Government to plunge them in to a usual organisation with East African natives; as well as they contend which a singular of a chief equates to which Government is regulating to secure this object, is by forcing a Somali infantry to accept conditions of use as well as regulations to which they have been not accustomed, as well as which in their perspective contingency brand them with a native tribes of Kenya.

The struggle, they insisted, compulsory continuous restlessness as well as sacrifice.90 The soldiers approach for improved operative conditions in conditions of Asian standing is to be accepted inside of this wider context which illuminates a dialectical interrelations in in in in in in in between a governing body of dual colonies.

The couple was a migrants, connecting upon a a singular hand a farming as well as a civic inside of colonies, as well as upon a alternative a opposite colonies. Migrants shaped tribally-based burial, cultural, as well as mercantile associations in a civic centres, as well as labour compounds, which became concerned in a organization of farming resistance. Southern Africa is a great box in point. According to Mamdani, a ethnically orderly burial, stockveld, or cultural societies did not necessarily besiege their members from civic influences. They appear to have functioned some-more as crucible bringing together a variety of influences. As they were instituted in to a approach of a city, migrants additionally gained familiarity with assorted forms of civic resistance. They schooled of tactics such as boycotts as well as demonstrations, as well as they became familiar with organizations trimming from traffic unions to ransom movements.91

Upon returning home migrants took a summary of organization with them.92 In every example of farming insurgency recorded in a novel of Southern Africa, a singular academician has argued, a intervention of a displaced person organisation is noted.93

The British Ishak Community, a tribally-based self-help organisation shaped in Kenya, played a identical purpose in Somaliland. The village used assorted equates to to communicate a significance of Asian standing to a open in Somaliland: writing, poetry, as well as rumour. Abdirahman Ali Mohamed Dube, a displaced person in Kenya, wrote a pass request in a onslaught for Asian status.94 To have a evidence which Somalis have been Asian in a strongest probable fashion, he wrote (sometime in a 1930s) his famous treatise upon a origin of a Ishak in classical Arabic. He finished a evidence in bad faith. He admitted which Somalis have been black as well as neither review nor verbalise nor write Arabic.95 Yet he insisted upon their Asian identity. His intent was not current chronological argument, yet legitimation of a claims of a community. Besides writing, a village used a even some-more absolute tools of communication, communication as well as rumour, to pass out their explain for Asian standing in a homeland.


The sermon of fright from abroad was augmented by a locally-produced sermon of fright about colonial rule, which centred upon guess as well as fright about European settlers receiving over a land (East Africanization again), as they had finished elsewhere. Haji Adan Af Qalooc, for instance, warned a people in his 1945 poem, Sheikh Bashir, which Europeans would take over a land as well as reduce them to servitude, unless they resisted.

The place you pasture your camels will be

settled by Europeans

a man who owns an aeroplane as well as a automobile will force you

to work upon his farm

the couple of which tarry which chagrin will

understand what you am fighting against.96

As late as 1953, a Governor of Somaliland, Sir Gerald Reece, addressed a emanate in a speech to a Protectorate Advisory Council. He indicted what he called fitn-makers (troublemakers) of fomenting antithesis to a administration department department department department department by falsely informing a open which their land would be taken by Europeans who will spin them in to slaves. We do not want, he reassured his audience, to take your land from you or your customs.97

The sermon of fright as well as guess fit a mutiny in advance. It had been circulated by assorted means, upon top of all by rumour. It was by gossip which a troops, a civic poor, as well as a people in ubiquitous produced ideas about European rule. Rumour is deployed in war, politics, academia, media, as well as all alternative spheres of all societies. For a subaltern, though, it is mostly a many critical equates to of communication as well as of mobilizing subaltern insurgency. What creates gossip an effective form of insurgency is which it relays something regularly insincere to be pre-existent, such as a colonial plan to expropriate a land. It is additionally something without

an author, a text which does not belong to any a singular voice-consciousness.98 That village peculiarity upon a a singular hand marks it as a illegitimate essay of a subaltern, as well as upon a alternative gives it confidence from a law.

One of a many critical rumours circulating from a 2nd to a 5th of Jun was about a minute sent by Somali soldiers in Kenya to a infantry in Somaliland. The minute purportedly alleged which Somali infantry had mislaid all in Kenya, as well as it was a duty of a soldiers in Somaliland to have certain of their rights prior to they left a country. What a infantry had lost, as implied by a rumour, was a right to approach aloft wages, as well as improved services; in a word, Asian status. There was no approach of getting any confirmation of a letters existence. Its message, nevertheless, widespread by a country, as well as was universally believed.99 There were alternative rumours such as a imminent hang-up of a infantry by East African troops, which gave a fright of East Africanization an even some-more sinister implication. Not usually were a people to remove their land as well as rights, foreign infantry were to sojourn in a nation as well as restrain a countenance of grievances. There were alternative rumours, which intensified a fright of British rule, for example of a brand new depletion of a Protectorate. Such an depletion would equates to havoc in a nation as in a 1910 as well as 1940 evacuations. Even a Moral as well as Progress Reports upon a armed forces remarkable a rebellious purpose of rumour. According to a singular author, a actuality which a many extraordinary rumours have been straightforwardly believed in a locale shows in my perspective which confidence in a British Government is still very slender.100 Fisher appreciated a rebellious purpose of these rumours, which told how a administration department department department department department would disparage a troops, as well as afterwards proceed a routine of receiving over land. These rumours, Fisher complained, have been all a time starting round; as well as whilst you have not got a equates to to counteracting this sort of thing, a Administration cannot be pronounced to anything yet unstable.101

The mutiny, then, was arguably a internal subaltern rebel which was fit by a locally, indeed communally, produced illegitimate discourse. Popular notions of right, legitimated by both secular as well as dedicated means, were used by a askaris to clear final for aloft salary as well as a rebellion.


The soldiers final for aloft salary as well as improved operative conditions of a askaris were a basement of a mutiny. Yet it transcended a bounds of a barracks, given a issues lifted by a askaris dovetailed with renouned anger, as well as authorised them to call upon a resources as well as oneness of a community. Fisher recognized a renouned context of a revolt. He argued which a renewal of national feeling as well as a presentation of a ubiquitous call of indignation in a nation opposite colonial sequence combined a amicable as well as domestic conditions for a militant governing body of a askaris.102 At present, wrote Fisher, Somaliland perspective is strongly sympathetic to the

soldiers yet clever disapproval has been expressed, as well as you hold felt, during a equates to adopted by them to secure a hearing.103 Popular anger was a greeting to a dramatic domestic as well as mercantile changes in a final seven years . . . [which] have completely and, it is thought, irrevocably changed a [political and] executive standing of a country, which had been invaded as well as fought over, assigned during a quarrel by vast military forces, as well as which right divided has a polite establishment of non-native officials 3 times as vast as a pre-war establishment.104 In addition, a long-standing problem of a frontier as well as grazing theme [the Haud], a programme of Greater Somalia, as well as a pass of outward influences during a spin never hitherto gifted by a people of a country, serve inflamed nationalism.105 The pass external cause distinguished as a last force in a mutiny was a Kenya influence, which was finished probable by advances in communication a growth of an fit transport system, as well as media in in in in in in in between Somaliland as well as a Somali diaspora during a war. The migrants did not usually titillate a askaris to approach Asian status, yet called upon them as well as a open to resist colonial rule. Otherwise, they maintained, a askaris would never gain Asian status, as well as a nation would be East Africanized. The governing body of a mutiny, therefore, brought together opposite strands of Somali politics: a final of a askaris, a fears of a public, as well as a rebellious suspicions of a migrants. These strands were strengthened, not weakened, by a disbanding of a Somali Camel Corps in 1944, as low mark for a mutiny.


1. I. M. Lewis, Modem History of Somaliland: From Nation to State, Praeger, New York.

1965, chap. 2, is a many appropriate pass to imperial partition.

2. Lewis, Modern History, chap. 3; Said Samatar, Oral Poetry as well as Somali Nationalism,

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1982; Robert Hess, The Poor Man of God:

Muhammad Abdulla Hassan, in Norman Bennett (ed.), Leadership in Eastern Africa, Boston

University Research Series 9, Boston, 1974; Robert Beachy, The Warrior Mullah, Belloew,

London, 1990; Abdi Sheikh Abdi, Divine Madness: Muhammad Abdulla Hassan, Zed Books,

London, 1993; Margaret Laurence, The Poem as well as a Spear, in Margaret Laurence, The

Heart of a Stranger, McClelland, Toronto, 1976.

3. Jama Mohamed, Epidemics as well as Public Health in Early Colonial Somaliland, Social

Science as well as Medicine 48,1999, pp. 507-21.

4. Frederick Cooper, Decolonization as well as African Society, Cambridge University Press,

Cambridge, 1996, p. 226.

5. Cooper, Decolonization as well as African Society, pp. 241-8.

6. Sembene Ousmane, Gods Bits of Wood, transl. (from French) Francis Price,

Heinemann, London, 1962, p. 87.

7. Edward W. Said, Culture as well as Imperialism, Vintage Books, New York, 1993.

8. H. F. Prevost-Battersby, Richard Corfield of Somaliland, Edward Arnold, London,

1914. See additionally short contention upon a 1913 battle in which Corfield was killed: Patrick

110 History Workshop Journal

Kakwanzire, Richard Corfield as well as a Dul-Madobe Incident, Proceedings of a Second

International Congress of Somali Studies, ed. Thomas Laban, Helmut Buske, Hamburg, 1982.

For short references to a arrangement as well as purpose of a force in Somaliland in 1912 see D. Jardine,

The Mad Mullah of Somaliland. London, 1923; H. Moyse-Bartlett, A History of a Kings

African Rifles, London, 1965.

9. Public Record Office (PRO), W.O. 32/10863, R. S. M. Burreh Gulaid to Officer

Commanding Somaliland Camel Corps, 1 Apr 1944.

10. Michael Mariano was innate in Erigavo (Somaliland) in 1914. He was a Christian. He

was educated in a Roman Catholic goal propagandize in Aden. In 1944, he was a clerk for the

district supervision central of Burao. In 1948, he acted as a interpreter for a Four Power

Commission in Mogadisho. He founded a National United Front in 1955; was nominated in

1957 to a Legislative Council; as well as in 1959 was inaugurated (Erigavo district) to a Council. He

controlled an import/export business. From 1960 to 1969, he hold assorted ministerial posts, and

in a 1970s was a ambassador for Somalia in Zaire (Congo). He died in 1986 in Mogadisho.

Unfortunately, there have been no studies upon Mariano, even yet he played a pass purpose in the

processes of decolonization in Somaliland, as well as in a post-colonial governing body of Somalia. For a

brief outline of his purpose in Somaliland, see PRO, C.O.1015/1936, Leading Personalities,

Office of Intelligence as well as Security to a Local Intelligence Committee, 1959.

11. PRO, W.O. 32/10863,15th Witness: Michael Joseph Mariano.

12. PRO, W.O. 32/10863, Officer Commanding a Somaliland Camel Corps to R. S. M.

Burreh Gulaid, 9 May 1944.

13. PRO, W.O. 32/10863,15th witness: Michael Joseph Mariano.

14. As prior note.

15. PRO, W.O. 32/10863, 11th Witness: Sub-Inspector Mohamed Hallah of a Somaliland


16. Eric Hobsbawm, Primitive Rebels, Norton, New York, 1959, p. 154.

17. For a ubiquitous statement upon a significance of sacrament in pre-modern rebellions, see

Janos M. Bak as well as Gerhard Benecke (eds), Religion as well as Rural Revolt, Manchester University

Press, 1984.

18. PRO, W.O. 32/10863, 13th Witness: Captain C. N. Halse, Superintendent of Police,


19. PRO, W.O. 32/10863,1st Witness: Lt. Colonel A. A. B. Harris-Rivett.

20. Hobsbawm, Primitive Rebels, p. 150.

21. 1st Witness: Lt Colonel A. A. B. Harris-Rivett.

22. As prior note.

23. Musa Haji Ismail Galaal was innate in a early 1920s in a farming allotment near Burao.

He moved to Aden in a early 1930s, where he hold assorted odd jobs. In 1939, he assimilated the

camel armed forces in Kenya, as well as enrolled in adult-education classes. He fast became a sergeant

in a corps, as well as an educational officer, obliged for training a askaris how to review and

speak English. After a armed forces was disbanded as a outcome of a mutiny in 1944, he became a

teacher in a formal schools. But he fast switched to linguistics, as well as a pick up and

study of Somali verbal literature. From a 1950s onwards, he became an critical as well as internationally

well-known academician of Somali literature. He was a distinguished member of a Somali

Language Commission in a 1960s, as well as a Chairman in a early 1970s. Poet, historian, writer

of marked down fiction, as well as philosopher, he was a many versatile, as well as many appropriate known, Somali intellectual.

He died in Mogadisho in 1980.

24. PRO, W.O. 32/10863,13th Witness: Sgt Musa Galaal.

25. 15th Witness: Michael Joseph Mariano.

26. 13th Witness: Sgt Musa Galaal.

27. 8th Witness: Lt G. L. Krauss.

28. 13th Witness: Sgt Musa Galaal.

29. 2nd Witness: Capt. T. C. Larson, Adjutant of a S.C.C.

30. 17th Witness: Major W. R. Whaley.

31. As prior note.

32. PRO, W.O. 32/10863, General William Platt, Report upon a Somaliland Camel

Corps, Jun 1944. General Platt was a Commander of a East African Forces.

33. PRO, W.O. 32/10863, Details of S.C.C. Askaris Absent, 7 July 1944.

34. PRO, W.O. 32/10863,13th Witness: Sgt Musa Galaal.

35. PRO, W.O. 32/10863, General Officer in Command to War Office, 25 Jun 1944.

Somaliland Camel Corps Mutiny 111

36. PRO, W.O. 32/10863, G. T. Fisher, Burao Disturbances, Jun 1944. Fisher was the

military governor of a territory from 1943 to 1948.

37. PRO, W.O. 32/10863, Statement of Clothing, Equipment, etc. Missing from C

Squadron Stores, Jun 1944.

38. PRO, W.O. 32/10863, 11th Witness: Sub-Inspecter Mohamed Hallah of a Somaliland

Police Force.

39. 1st Witness: Lt Colonel A. A. B. Harris-Rivett.

40. Platt, Report upon Somaliland Camel Corps, Jun 1944.

41. As prior note.

42. PRO, W.O. 32/10863,15th Witness: Michael Joseph Mariano.

43. Fisher, Burao Disturbances, Jun 1944.

44. PRO, W.O. 32/10863, G.T. Fisher, Note by a Military Governor upon Disturbances

Amongst Troops as well as General Political Conditions in British Somaliland, eleven Jun 1944.

45. Lord Rennell of Rodd, British Military Administration of Occupied Territories During

the Year 1941-1947, HMSO, 1948, p. 482.

46. Mohamed, Epidemics as well as Public Health, 1999.

47. Prevost-Battersby, Richard Corfield.

48. PRO, W.O. 106/23, Memorandum by a Commissioner upon a Political Situation in

Somaliland, twelve Apr 1912.

49. Prevost-Battersby, Richard Corfield, p. 192.

50. Prevost-Battersby, Richard Corfield, p. 194.

51. PRO, W.O. 106/22, R. C. Corfield to His Majestys Commissioner, twenty-six Dec. 1912.

52. PRO, W.O. 106/22, H. A. Byatt, Commissioner of Somaliland, to a Secretary of

State for a Colonies, 9 Apr 1913.

53. Fisher, Burao Disturbances, Jun 1944.

54. Platt, Report upon Somaliland Camel Corps, Jun 1944.

55. you am essay a paper upon this topic: The Dung Business is all Bunk: a Politics of

the 1937 Somaliland Camel Corps Mutiny.

56. Fisher, Note by Military Governor . . . upon Disturbances , eleven Jun 1944.

57. To mention a name few: Myron Echenberg, Morts flow la France: a African

Soldier in France during a Second World War, Journal of African History 26, 1985, pp.

363-80; Myron Echenberg, Colonial Conscripts: a Tirailleurs S6negalais in French West

Africa, 1857-1960, Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH, 1991; T. O. Ranger, Dance as well as Society in

Eastern Africa, 1890-1970, Heinemann Educational, London, 1975; Charles Van Onselen,

Chibaro: African Mine Labour in Southern Rhodesia, 1900-1933, Pluto Press, London, 1976;

Charles Van Onselen, The Seed is Mine, Hill as well as Wang, New York, 1996; Charles Van Onselen,

Worker Consciousness in Black Miners: Southern Rhodesia, 1900-1920, Journal of African

History 14: 2, 1973, pp. 237-55; John Higginson, A Working Class in a Making; Belgian

Colonial Labor Policy as well as a African Mineworker, 1907-1951, University of Wisconsin Press,

Madison WI, 1990.

58. Van Onselen, Worker Consciousness.

59. Van Onselen, Worker Consciousness, p. 255.

60. Echenberg, Morts flow la France, p. 379.

61. Echenberg, Morts flow la France, p. 377.

62. PRO, W.O. 32/10863, Opinion of a Court.

63. PRO, W.O. 32/10863, 18th witness: Sgt Hassan Gabobeh. (Only a NCOs testified.

But note which R.S.M. Burreh Gulaid did not. He absconded with a rest of a askaris, as he

organized as well as led a rebellion.)

64. 1st Witness: Lt Colonel A. A. B. Harris-Rivett.

65. 7th Witness: Sgt Mohamed Elmi.

66. 1st Witness: Lt Colonel A. A. B. Harris-Rivett. He attempted to remonstrate a District

Commissioner as well as a commander in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief in chief of a armed forces to take retreat in Armoured Cars, observant that

they feared you should be picked out as well as shot. This you naturally refused to do.

67. 14th Witness: Sgt Ahmed Hersi.

68. 13th Witness: Sgt Musa Galaal.

69. Opinion of a Court.

70. Convening Order.

71. PRO, C.O.535/506/3, Miss P. M. Fisher for a Private Secretarys Office, Kenya,

August 1939.

112 History Workshop Journal

72. PRO, C.O.535/506/3, British Ishak Community, Nairobi, Kenya, to His Excellency, the

High Commissioner as well as Commander-in-Chief, British Somaliland, sixteen Nov. 1939.

73. As prior note.

74. Fisher, Note . . . upon Disturbances , Jun 1944. (Fisher appreciated a purpose played

by Somali Kenyans in a mutiny given he had worked in Kenya, as well as to illustrate knew about the

propaganda waged by Somali Kenyans in Somaliland as well as Kenya upon a emanate of improved

salary, services, as well as status.)

75. Georg Lukacs, History as well as Class Consciousness, transl. Rodney Livingstone, Merlin

Press, London, 1971.

76. Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, Grove Press, New York, 1967. For a recent

and shining work upon Fanon see Ato Sekyi-Otu, Fanons Dialectic of Experience, Harvard

University Press, Cambridge MA, 1996.

77. A. A. Castagno, The Somali-Kenya Controversy: Implications for a Future, Journal

of Modem African Studies 2:2,1964; E.R. Turton, Somali Resistance to Colonial Rule as well as the

Development of Somali Political Activity in Kenya, Journal of African History 13:1,1972.

78. E. R. Turton, Somali Resistance, p. 128.

79. As prior note.

80. PRO, CO. 535, Ega Musa, President, British Ishak Community, Nairobi, Kenya, to

His Excellency a High Commissioner & Commander-in-Chief of British Somaliland, sixteen Nov.

1938. (This was a apply to a village sent to a supervision central of Somaliland from Kenya.)

81. PRO, C.O.535/506/3, B.W.P. Morgan, Cardiff, to Capt. Arthur Evans, MP, 5 June

1939. (Morgan was a barrister hired by a Kenya village to benefaction a box in London.

Evans was MP for Cardiff, a city with a vast as well as longstanding Somali population. He often

corresponded with a Secretary of State for a Colonies upon interest of a Somali community

in Cardiff as well as Kenya.)

82. Ega Musa, President, British Ishak Community, Nairobi, Kenya, to His Excellency

the High Commissioner as well as Commander-in-Chief of British Somaliland, sixteen Nov. 1939.

83. As prior note. (Haji Farah Oomar, a initial Somali graduate of a university (India),

was an critical domestic figure in Somaliland governing body via a early colonial period.

He worked for a government, yet in 1905, was diminished from a polite use for sympathy

toward a Sayyid. In 1925, he shaped a initial polite organisation in Somali colonial history, the

Somali Islamic Association, which campaigned for a modernization of a protectorate. In

1939, he shaped a Spokesman Movement. In a convention hold in a middle of a year,

in which a many active domestic total in a nation participated, he was nominated as the

leader of a movement, yet it did not tarry for long, as his earlier supporters turned

quickly opposite him. In a same year, a administration department department department department department arrested him as well as interned him for

seven years in an island off a seashore of Somaliland, for presumably inciting a 1939 proof in

Burao. After his recover from jail in 1944, he was denied entry in to Somaliland. He died in

1947, in outcast in Ethiopia. The choice by Kenya-Somalis of Haji Farah Oomar as their representative

was to illustrate strategic. At least it guaranteed which their ideas would have legitimacy, and

widespread circulation, in in in in in between a civic population.)

84. PRO, C.O.535/506/3, Extract from Intelligence Summary No. 47 for a Period

1/1/1939 to 31/1/1939.

85. PRO, C.O.535/506/3, Telegram from British Ishak Community, Nairobi, Kenya, to

Secretary of State for a Colonies, twenty-six May 1939.

86. B. W. P. Morgan to Captain Arthur Evans, MP, 5 Jun 1939.

87. PRO, C.O.535/506/3, B.W.P. Morgan to a Under Secretary of a State for the

Colonies, 5 Jun 1939.

88. PRO, C.O.535/506/3, Mr Paskin, Colonial Office, Jun 1939.

89. Fisher, Burao Disturbances, Jun 1944.

90. As prior note.

91. Mahmood Mamdani, Citizen as well as Subject, Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ,

1996, p. 193.

92. Luli Callinicos, A Place in a City: The Rand in a Era of Apartheid, Raven, Johannesburg,

1993, cited in Mamdani, Citizen as well as Subject, p. 193.

93. Chaskalson, Rural Resistance, cited Mamdani, p. 192.

94. Abdirahman Ali Mohamed, Tufah al-Mushtaq li-Nisib al-Sayyid Ishaq, Dar Mufiis li-

Dabac, Jidah, no date.

95. As prior note, p. 8.

96. Haji Adan Afqlooc, Sheikh Bashir, 1945, Cassette, personal copy. He migrated early

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in a century to Aden, as well as probably visited East Africa. He returned to a nation in 1945,

just as a Sheikh Bashir fighting back was underway.

97. H.E. The Governor Opens a 13th Session of a Protectorate Advisory Council:

Comprehensive Address Followed by Week of Important Discussion, War Somali Sidihii,


98. Gyatri Spivak, Subaltern Studies: Deconstructing Historiography, in Ranajit Guha

and Gyatri Spivak (eds), Selected Subaltern Studies, Oxford University Press, New York, 1988,

pp. 21-4.

99. Fisher, Note . . . upon Disturbances , Jun 1944.

100. PRO, W.O. 32/10863, Extracts from Moral Reports, Jun 1944.

101. Fisher, Note . . . upon Disturbances , Jun 1944.

102. Fisher, Burao Disturbances, Jun 1944.

103. Fisher, Note . . . upon Disturbances , eleven Jun 1944.

104. PRO, CO. 537/3618, T.C. Jerrom, Notes upon British Somaliland, Jun 1948.

105. Lewis, Modern History; I. M. Lewis, Modern Political Movements in Somaliland,

Africa 28,1958; Saadia Touval, Somali Nationalism, Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA,

1963; Abdi Samatar, The State as well as Rural Transformation in Northern Somalia, 1884-1996,

University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, 1989; Ahmed Samatar, Socialist Somalia: Rhetoric or

Reality? Zed Press, London, 1988; Charles Lee Cheshekter, Anti-Colonial Nationalism and

Class Formation: The Eastern Horn of Africa Before 1950, International Journal of African

Historical Studies 18: 1, 1985; Said Samatar, Oral Poetry as well as Somali Nationalism, Cambridge

University Press, Cambridge, 1982.

Picture: Somaliland Camel Corps Members

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