Friday, 14 September 2012

The displaced of Mogadishu

The new president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, faces a lot of challenges, including the Islamist group Al Shabaab, the Somali regions that have chosen to 'go it alone' and the presence in Somalia of numerous foreign forces. As someone who stayed in Somalia for most of the past two decades of conflict, he will be fully aware of the physical destruction of so much in Somalia and the immense human suffering of so many of its people. I saw that suffering at close hand on a recent trip to Mogadishu, where almost every open patch of land seemed to be inhabited by displaced people living in igloo-shaped structures made from ragged cloth, plastic bags, tin sheets and bits of wire and rope.

A few people in the camps have set up businesses such as this tailor working in a little shop.

This woman told me she had been beaten by guards because she had complained about conditions in the camp
 She had a big bruise on her upper arm

The next three photos show places where people in the camps cook their food.

One camp I visited was different from the rest. It was Jazeera camp beyond the airport in Mogadishu. It is run by the Turkish Red Crescent.


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