Somaliland: “Ex-Italian Somali-land”


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Somalilandsun – for the fervent unionist who most likely remain uninformed of the difference between Somaliland and Somalia this book by E. Sylvia Pankhurst titled “Ex-Italian Somaliland describes the struggle of Somalis under the Italian government, that encouraged traffic of slaves, eviction of people from their land, and eventually used the colony as a base of aggression against Ethiopia.

“Ex-Italian Somali-land” By; E. Sylvia Pankhurst


Ex-Italian Somaliland describes the struggle of Somaliland under the Italian government, who encouraged traffic of slaves, evicted people from their land, and eventually used the colony as a base of aggression against Ethiopia. Estelle Sylvia Pankhurst (May 5, 1882 – September 27, 1960) was a notable campaigner for the suffragette movement in the United Kingdom. She was for a time a prominent left communist who then devoted herself to the cause of anti-fascism, and for peace. In the mid-1920s, Pankhurst drifted away from communist politics but remained involved in movements connected with anti-fascism and anti-colonialism. In 1932 she was instrumental in the establishment of the Socialist Workers’ National Health Council. She responded to the Italian invasion of Ethiopia by publishing The New Times and Ethiopia News from 1936, and became a supporter of Haile Selassie. She raised funds for Ethiopia’s first teaching hospital, and wrote extensively on Ethiopian art and culture; her research was published as Ethiopia, a Cultural History (London: Lalibela House, 1955). From 1936, MI5 kept a watch on Pankhurst’s correspondence. In 1940, she wrote to Viscount Swinton as the chairman of a committee investigating Fifth Columnists, sending him a list of active Fascists still at large and of anti-Fascists who had been interned. A copy of this letter on MI5’s file carries a note in Swinton’s hand reading I should think a most doubtful source of information. After the post-war liberation of Ethiopia, she became a strong supporter of union between Ethiopia and the former Italian Somaliland, and MI5’s file continued to follow her activities. In 1948, MI5 considered strategies for muzzling the tiresome Miss Sylvia Pankhurst. Pankhurst became a friend and adviser to the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and followed a consistently anti-British stance. She moved to Addis Ababa at Haile Selassie’s invitation in 1956, with her son, Richard, (who continues to live there), and founded a monthly journal, Ethiopia Observer, which reported on many aspects of Ethiopian life and development. She died in 1960, and was given a full state funeral at which Haile Selassie named her ‘an honorary Ethiopian’. She is the only foreigner buried in front of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, in the area reserved for patriots of the Italian war.

Book Quality:Publisher Quality


Publisher:Kensington Publishing Corporation

Date of Addition:10/18/13

Copyright Date:1951

Copyrighted By:E. Sylvia Pankhurst

Adult content: No

Language: English US

Submitted By: Bookshare Staff

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