Reinstating Somalia

After 24 years of bitter civil war, Somalia is enjoying a fragile peace, and despite a young population made vulnerable by high unemployment and a destabilising guerrilla movement, there is hope that normal life is beginning to return at last. Words:

22nd February, 2015
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People relaxing on Mogadishu’s Lido beach: the strip of coastline has become a popular party spot. Picture: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images

Dissolving waves split on the bow of a small wooden boat anchored on Mogadishu’s Lido beach. Teenage boys straddle the frame, their legs dangling against the peeling white paint of the hull. Somalia’s pale blue flag, perched at the stern, snaps in the breeze. Men and women stand ankle deep in the tepid surf. A sparse crowd of young men watches from atop monolithic concrete slabs that generations ago formed seafront homes and hotels....

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