African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 187


Why Somalis cried at President Nasser's death

Enas Fares Yehia
  • Enas Fares Yehia
  • Tourist Guidance Department, Faculty of Tourism and Hotels, Minia University, Egypt.
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  •  Received: 26 July 2016
  •  Accepted: 24 August 2016
  •  Published: 31 August 2016


African unity was one of the most important matters discussed during the fifties and sixties. The Egyptian President, Nasser had a great role in this matter, by his support for the liberal movements in Africa, including Somalia. There have been commercial relations between Egypt and Somalia since ancient times. The relationship between the two countries continued until recent days. The most important phase of the relationship between Egypt and Somalia was during Nasser's era in which Egypt’s role as a member of the United Nations Advisory Council in Somalia began. After the death of President Nasser, the Somalis declared mourning in their country, because Nasser affected their lives widely. They regarded Nasser as their favourite hero. This article discusses the reasons why they love Nasser this way and whether he deserved their trust or not. Nowadays, Egypt seeks to return to leadership in Africa, so it is important to reveal her role in supporting African countries.

Key words: Africa, Egypt, Nasser, Somalia.