Tristan McConnellJune 19, 2012 06:00
HUDUR — As soon as the Al Shabaab rebels left this regional capital, 19-year-old Hussein Abdi bought himself a pair of jeans, dusted off his soccer ball and started hanging out with his friends again at the tea shops. “Life was hard then but now it’s good. We dress how we want, play football, walk with our friends,” said Abdi. He was back at school again, too, and hoped, eventually, to make it to university. But the countryside surrounding this city is controlled by Al Shabaab, which creates problems and means Somalia's conflict is never too far away.