On 9 December 1992, the US Marines entered Mogadishu, Somalia to break the civil war caused famine. The US left Somalia a little more than a year later after the warlords and many of the citizens of Somalia turned on their famine relievers.

Check out Peter & Kay Forwood’s ride in Somaliland for a taste of the area.

Read about the Battle of Mogadishu in Black Hawk Down one of the best contemporary accounts of war I’ve ever read. Or watch the movie. Or do both.

Image credit: United States Military Academy at West Point, NY – Department of History