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: