July 3, 2012 ·3 Comments
MOGADISHU — After more than two decades of devastating civil war, Mogadishu is slowly recovering from the ashes– a massive building boom fuelled by international aid and large Diaspora community is rebranding the once world’s most dangerous city.
Along side the Somalis widely known for their business acumen, the Turkish government is implementing a number of infrastructure projects including hospitals and schools.
Ankara has also pledged to restore Mogadishu’s famous landmarks as a part of its mission to help restore the city’s old image– the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.
The Somali capital was claimed by sand and scars of war over the years, but since the ouster of al Shabaab a year ago it is slowly reclaiming its glory past. Security remains a challenge but Somalis feel they will overcome all obstacles.
The country has less than 50 days to endorse a draft constitution, form a national constituent assembly, federal parliament and elect a speaker and a president. Whatever happens, Mogadishu seems committed not to return to the crisis that haunted the coastal town since 1991.
A new group has been established to encourage the Diaspora community to return to Somalia after being absent for many years.
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By Hassan Ali