I recently purchased a small lot of paper currency having some form
of transportation pictured on the bills. Among the currency was this
notice. Even though there is no value on the notice, it did depict a
form of transportation and I will put it in my collection.
Can you help me in identifying what this notice was used for?
William B. Tuttle
What you have is a leaflet that was dropped during the United
Nations propaganda campaign “Restore Hope” in Somalia in the 1990s.
Coin World turned to psychological operations (PSYOP) expert and
historian Sgt. Maj. Herb Friedman, retired, for additional details on
He indicated that approximately 34 different leaflets were created
for this operation.
The picture side of the leaflet shows different flags with a
United Nations bulldozer and a man with a theodolite (an instrument
used in surveying). The message on the back conveys that the United
Nations was in Somalia to help.
Sgt. Maj. Friedman also provided a translation of the Somali text:
“The UNITAF engineers are mending the main roads between the towns
and the humanitarian distribution centers. This will make it possible
for the aid convoys and Somali transport owners to move their loads
easily. UNITAF is not able on its own to carry out this project so we
“1. Please stay away from the workers and their equipment.
“2. Do not allow your children to play by the work sites.
“3. Stay away from all places in which there are ‘danger’ flags.”
For more information on different propaganda leaflets used in
Somalia, visit Friedman’s website www.psywarrior.com/Somalia
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