Australians in the UN missions to Somalia 1992 to 1995
In the 1990s, Australians served in peacekeeping missions to Somalia where hundreds of thousands of people were suffering from famine caused by drought and clan warfare. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) contributed a small movement control unit to the UN Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM). Later, Australia deployed a 1,000-strong battalion group to the UN-sanctioned Unified Task Force (UNITAF) from January 1992 to March 1993. ADF later participated in UNOSOM II. It was the largest overseas deployment by the ADF since the Vietnam War. We recognise and remember the role of some 1,600 Australians who served as peacekeepers in Somalia.