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Mohamed Siad Barre
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World Leader
    (circa 1919-January 2, 1995)
    Born in Shilabo, Ethiopia
    Somali nationalist
    Served in Somali police (1941-1960)
    Vice Commander of Somalia’s Army (1960-1969)
    President of the Supreme Revolutionary Council (1969-1976)
    President of Somalia (October 21, 1969-January 26, 1991)
    Died in Lagos, Nigeria
    His birthday was sometimes listed as 1912 or 1920.
    He lied about his birthplace as Garbahaarreey in order to join the Italian colonial police.
    He tried to seize Ethiopia’s Ogaden region, which was inhabited by ethnic Somalis (1977).
    He had large posters of him pasted all over Mogadishu in an attempt to create a personality cult.
    In an attempt to unite Somalia by force, he banned the use of clans.
    He was friends with the Soviet Union.
    He closed secondary schools and forced 25,000 students to educate rural Somalis (1974).
    He took power by coup.
    The deterioration of his government's human rights situation sparked rebellions since the 1980's.
    His overthrow plunged Somalia into anarchy and an ongoing civil war that turned the country into the most lawless nation in the world.
    His father was a nomadic camel herder.
    Under his presidency, the Somali language was written down.
    He raised Somalia’s literacy rate.
    After the Soviet Union left him, he became friendly with America until 1989.
    He died of a heart attack.

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