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An armed U.S soldier (C) stands in the middle of a Somalian women crowd waiting for food distribution, 17 January, 1993 in the village of Afgio, 25 km west of Mogadishu capital of Somalia. The American army sent 120 tons of wheat and sorghum to this region suffering from famine. Since 3 December 1992, the UN autorised US troops to deploy in Somalia in order to restore peace after civil anarchy caused by rovinggangs gunmen attached to local warlords. American troops from the United Nations International Trask Force (UNITAF) arrived 9 December 1992 in Mogadishu and began the "Restore Hope" operation. Since then number of foreign troops in Somalia has risen, twenty one countries are contributing to the UN forces in Somalia, the largest are US, France, Italy, Morocco and Canada.
AFP PHOTO JOEL ROBINE (Photo credit should read JOEL ROBINE/AFP/Getty Images)