Records of Scottish Somali Action

Scope and Content

This largely unsorted material although contained in larger archive boxes is also filed in box-files and folders. It is extensive and consists mainly of documents and papers, including those on: Oxfam; Christian Aid; Somali non-governmental organisations; NE Kenya massacre; EC related papers and documents; African rights; human rights; arms trade; ACP Lome; and the UN. There are also various newsletters, journals, reprints, magazines, books and videos, and newspaper cuttings.

Administrative / Biographical History

Since the regime of Siad Barre was ousted in January 1991, turmoil, factional fighting, and anarchy have followed in Somalia. Numerous warlords and factions are still fighting for control of the capital Mogadishu and some regions of the south. A refugee group, Scottish Somali Action has been based at Edinburgh University Settlement, Wilkie House, 37 Guthrie St, Edinburgh. Members of the group have in the past been vocal in seeking EU support for Somalia. In February 1997, the group received funding from the City of Edinburgh Council's Economic Development Committee/Urban Regeneration Subcommittee to support workshops. In 2000 the group supported the campaign to defend the Nigerian Eniola Adewale from deportation from Scotland.



Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Material acquired from ex-Secretary, Nicola Witcombe, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, January 2002, Accession no. E2002.05.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained in the collection and information from a number of local websites.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.