The film had premiered at Cannes in May 2001, almost a decade after Somalia, three months before nine eleven and everything after.
He subsequently insisted that he went to Somalia only to visit a sick grandmother.
“They have targeted a very susceptible community and been able to play on Somali-American ties back to Somalia,” he says.
country named for the indigenous Somali people, whose name (attested in English by 1814) is of unknown origin.
Note: Britain, France, and Italy established protectorates in the area in the late 1880s. Somalia gained independence in 1960.
Note: Civil war and famine have recently ravaged the country. In 1992, the United States embarked on a humanitarian intervention designed to ensure delivery of food supplies to the population. After American troops were drawn into a conflict between local warlords and suffered casualties, the United States withdrew from Somalia in 1994. The country currently lacks any central government.