The effect of more that two decades of conflict: Project
Somalia, or as presently called, the Federal Republic of Somalia, is a country located in the Horn of Africa, bordered by Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden. The population of Somalia is estimated to be about 10 million, mostly nomads attending to their livestock, and moving from one place to another in continuous search for water and better grazing areas, a potential cause of conflict among the various tribal groups of which Somalis are made, each wanting to secure for themselves the limited water and grazing resources. In the past, such conflicts were limited to these nomadic groups, but in the nineties the tribal conflicts reached the capital, leading to the total destruction of all public institutions and the beginning of war and anarchy, which went for more than two decades, that caused remarkable loss of lives and sufferings, and the almost disfiguration of Mogadiscio, the capital city of Somalia, where, given its importance for the warring parties, most bellic activities took place.
Although security conditions has somehow improved during the last two or so years, thanks to the efforts put in place by the newly established government, with the help of the international community, life in Somalia is still very difficult, if not impossible, as radical militants not wanting a democratically run modern State in Somalia, are still active and carry out terror acts that practically keep the inhabitants of the capital hostages, meaning that only few brave or mad people venture outside their house during late evening and the night.
These are recent images of Mogadiscio and the adjacent areas that I have captured while in Somalia, which are intended to visually show the extent of destructions caused by the more than two-decade conflict, which can make very sad anyone who has known Mogadiscio before the start of the civil war in 1990s, thus witnessing how peaceful the place was, and how well-kept were the streets of the town.