Somalia: A timeline of change in a troubled country
Here is a timeline of changes, intervention, and mediation in 5 bite-sized bits.
January: Government forces take Islamist stronghold of Kismayo.
April: More than 320,000 Somalis leave their homes in Mogadishu because of fighting. Many end up in the Kenyan refugee camp at Dadaab, making it the world’s largest refugee camp. Others remain in displacement camps outside Mogadishu, living off foreign food aid.
Dec. 29: Yusuf resigns. By the end of January 2008, Ethiopian troops have withdrawn from Somalia. Al Shabab fighters take over the former transitional capital of Baidoa.