A Fascinating Glimpse of Daily Life in Mogadishu

A photo essay from Somalia's once war-torn capital.

Since Somalia's 1991 civil war and the political instability it wrought, capital city Mogadishu has struggled to rebuild. But recently, signs of better times have begun to emerge.

With Al-Shabab militants no longer in control, a new, technocratic government has helped plant signs of stability while attracting a substantial new wave of investment from longtime ally Turkey and other members of the Somali diaspora.

But any renewed sense of optimism is kept in check by occasional terrorist attacks, including an Al-Shabab suicide mission at Mogadishu's UN compound last June and a grenade attack at Bakaara Market last month.

Mogadishu-based photographers Feisal Omar and Omar Faruk have been documenting daily life in Somalia's capital, their images showing the city's lively streets and beaches but also physical reminders of a war-torn history:  

People walk along a street in Mogadishu September 28, 2013. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar) 
A truck drives through Bakara market in Mogadishu October 5, 2013. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar) 
Men sit in front of a pharmacy in southern Mogadishu October 8, 2013. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar) 
A man buys fruit from a stall in the Hamaerweyne area of Mogadishu September 30, 2013. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar)
A stall decorated with pictures of U.S dollar notes, which is used as a money exchange booth, is seen in the Hamaerweyne area of Mogadishu September 30, 2013. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar)
A worker dresses a shop mannequin at a supermarket in Mogadishu October 2, 2013. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar)
A man stands in front of a restaurant in the Hodan area of Mogadishu October 8, 2013. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar)
Men receive haircuts at a barber shop in Mogadishu October 3, 2013. (REUTERS/Omar Faruk) 
Fishermen sit in their boats in the Hamaerweyne area of Mogadishu October 12, 2013. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar) 
Children play at a guest hotel in Mogadishu October 10, 2013. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar)
A boy runs across Wadnaha street in the Hodan district of Mogadishu October 5, 2013. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar)
A boy stands inside a destroyed church in the Hamerweyne district of Mogadishu September 26, 2013. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar)
Children play on an abandoned truck in front of the destroyed former parliament building in Mogadishu October 10, 2013. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar) 
People travel on a mini-bus near Mogadishu October 13, 2013. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar) 
Camels are seen before being exported to Middle East countries, at the loading zone at the sea port in Somalia's capital Mogadishu August 3, 2013. The dock workers at Mogadishu's port have to carry cargo on their backs to clear berths for the ships waiting out at sea. The dilapidated facility has no functioning cranes and the vessels must use their own gear to unload once they make it in. Yet the port is one of the Somali government's main sources of revenue, despite minimal investment over the years. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar)
Camels, which are being exported, are seen at the port in Mogadishu August 3, 2013. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar)
Somali shillings are seen at a foreign exchange bureau at Bakara market in Mogadishu October 8, 2013. (REUTERS/Omar Faruk)
People use computers at an internet cafe in the Hodan area of Mogadishu October 9, 2013. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar) 
A boy plays with a kite in front of his home in the Hamaerweyne area of Mogadishu October 12, 2013. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar)

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