m996.11.100 | Santa in Somalia

Drawing, cartoon
Santa in Somalia
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
December 5, 1992, 20th century
Ink on paper
25.3 x 24.2 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

Humanitarian operation or flashy large-scale deployment designed to impress? This is the question Aislin seems to be asking by juxtaposing an American show of force, spearheaded by Santa Claus, with an emaciated black African seen from behind.

  • What

    The end of the Cold War gave rise to hopes for a new world order based on law and justice. This was the backdrop to the decision to send a mission to Somalia, which was seen as a new type of initiative. It ultimately ended in failure, however.

  • Where

    Somalia is located in a region known as the Horn of Africa, on the Indian Ocean.

  • When

    Operation Restore Hope was launched on December 3, 1992, and ended in May 1993.

  • Who

    The United States orchestrated this military and humanitarian operation in Somalia, a country whose six million inhabitants live in dire poverty.