N EW ZEALAND-born merchant "adventurer", David Morris, was murdered in Somalia
around April 26. His 21-year-old son Tyrone had been shot dead in a Mogadishu
street about 18 months earlier, but that tragedy only drove Morris to continue
his business in the anarchic African country.
Morris was well-known in
Cambodia, making his fortune supplying food and drink to the thousands of UN
soldiers and employees in the lead-up to the May 1993 elections. He followed the
UN out of Cambodia into Somalia. His contract in Somalia with the UN was said to
be worth $50 million. He was always at loggerheads with the UN, which he called
incompetent in pursuing its mission.
Morris, described as "a diminutive,
work-obsessed and hard-drinking" figure, scoffed at the dangers and drove about
Mogadishu in an armoured troop carrier guarded by Khmer gunmen he took with him
out of Cambodia. Reports quote UN peacekeepers as saying his bodyguards were
former Khmer Rouge guerillas.
Efforts to pick up Morris' body have to
date been unsuccessful, and have sparked off clashes between warring tribal