Saturday 24 November 2012

Mogadishu's Ottoman mosque

On the beachfront in Mogadishu is the oldest mosque in the city, known as Abdul Aziz. I have been told it was built in the eleventh century by the Ottomans. It has been wrecked by war and neglect. This is what is left of the minaret:

You can see bullet holes in the walls

Some brave men live in the grounds of the mosque, caring for it as best they can.

The men who look after the mosque.

The site of the new Turkish embassy (not yet built) is right next to the mosque. Turkey says it is going to rehabilitate Abdul Aziz to its former glory.

Thursday 22 November 2012

Fish for sale in Mogadishu

Here are some photos I took of the fish market in Mogadishu's seaside district of Hamar Weyne.

The fish market building