Somalias capital is buzzing: estate agents prosper and it recently hosted a TedX conference. But Mogadishu is facing a fresh objection as drought armies half a million people to strive assist. Jason Burke inspects a growing camp on the outskirts
Friday afternoon and the light is low-neck in the various regions of the ripples breaking on the long coast. Behind the pocked and pitted seafront promenade, hundreds of children play-act football among their shattered homes. This, the wreckings of the old port region of Somalias Mogadishu, is the war-torn metropoli of the news stories, journals and films.
Less than a 10 minute drive away down a newly rebuilt doubled roadway, the incident is quite different: hundreds of young men and women stroll along the narrow band of sand left by the high tide; they paddle, swimming and booze coffee or soft drinks in cafe. An ancient stretch limousine, hired out for bridals , noses through trafficking in human beings. Rickshaw drivers shout for fares.
There are two sides to Mogadishu. The frightful side and then there is this, says Abdirahman Omar Osman Yarisow, Somalias newly appointed information minister, who is sitting at a table in the Beachview hotel on the famous Lido watching the relaxed Friday afternoon crowds.
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