Next 5Conclusion
Introduction M2002.133.18 m996.11.100 M2002.133.71 M997.52.56 09125 09126
The most recent version of the Flash plugin must be installed
Get Flash Player
Creative Commons License
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
Keywords:  Africa (63) , America (137) , Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , Famine (6) , International conflicts (608) , International stakes (660) , Peace process (138) , politics (10928) , Politics (1624) , Poverty (26) , Somalia (10) , United Nations (36) , war (145) , World problems (77)
Select Image (Your image selection is empty)

Visitors' comments

Add a comment

Author's text

xetincelle69xPublished by xetincelle69x on 25/05/2009 12:02:29
Les Américains en venant en Somalie voulurent faire croire qu'ils venaient pour les aider. Nous pouvons clairement ainsi voir que le jeune Somalien est en besoin et que le Père Noel représente en quelque sorte la fin du conflit. Le Père Noel est une illusion, il veut amener le bonheur et l'harmonie puisque il est un personnage fictif. On peut aussi voir sur l'image la différence entre le somalien en besoin (très maigre) et le soldat Américain bedonnant (cliché Américain représentant la puissance du pays puisqu'il est costaud et bien nourrit).

The McCord Museum is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currentness of the information contained in the Visitors' Comments section. The contents are displayed in the language in which the comments were created, regardless of the linguistic interface chosen by the viewer. The Museum reserves the right at its sole, absolute and unrestricted discretion, to delete a comment that is judged abusive.

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.