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Somalia has been a chaotic and violent Hell for more than 20 years, especially Mogadishu, the capital. Although there are many camps of hungry people, the city is showing signs of a return to normal life, thanks to the withdrawal of the Islamic extremist rebels of Al Shabaab and the presence of African Union peacekeeping forces.

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After months of near empty streets, life is beginning to return to normal in Mogadishu. Those hard-won gains have come at a high cost for the African Union force, however, and the current successes remains under constant threat from renewed conflict. (Nichole Sobecki/GlobalPost)

On Location Video: Mogadishu steps back to life

Somalia's war-torn capital returns to life, amid hunger and strife.