Destination Mogadishu http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/22591/all en Somali pirates' rise linked to illegal fishing and toxic dumping http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120306/pirates-Somalia-how-it-started%20 <p>MOGADISHU &mdash; Illegal fishing and the dumping of toxic waste by international ships sparked Somali protests that became today&#39;s piracy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120306/pirates-Somalia-how-it-started%20" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Destination Mogadishu pirate wars Fri, 16 Mar 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5694811 at http://www.globalpost.com Somali piracy drives security boom http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120307/somali-piracy-drives-security-boom <p>NAIROBI &mdash; Ship owners spent over $1 billion on &ldquo;security equipment and armed guards&rdquo; to protect against piracy last year, according to a new report.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120307/somali-piracy-drives-security-boom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Destination Mogadishu pirate wars Fri, 16 Mar 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5694964 at http://www.globalpost.com A symbolic step towards a 'normal' Mogadishu http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/symbolic-step-towards-normal-mogadishu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TEDx holds conference in Somalia's war-torn capital which would have been impossible a year ago. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan McConnell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NAIROBI, Kenya &mdash; On Thursday there was a TED talk in Mogadishu.</p> <p>Under the logo &quot;Ideas worth spreading&quot; TED (Technology, Entertainment,&nbsp;Design) talks have since 1984 developed into a global cottage industry&nbsp;with bright young things the world over getting together to share&nbsp;their bright ideas. TED talks &mdash; or their freelance franchise, TEDx &mdash;&nbsp;have appeared almost everywhere, but never before in Mogadishu.</p> <p>The organisers &mdash; a small group of white foreigners and Somalis &mdash; set&nbsp;<a href="http://tedxmogadishu.com/" target="_blank">the theme as &quot;rebirth&quot;</a>&nbsp;hitching their&nbsp;optimistic wagon to a couple of recent news stories (from <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/01/29/is-al-shabab-on-the-way-out-in-somalia.html" target="_blank">Newsweek</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/04/world/africa/somalis-embrace-hope-and-reconstruction-in-mogadishu.html?_r=1&amp;ref=africa" target="_blank">New York Times</a>)&nbsp;which reflect some undeniable positive changes in the city over the last nine months.</p> <p>GlobalPost has also reported extensively on the city&#39;s <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110821/somalia-mogadishu-still-wary-after-rebels-retreat" target="_blank">growing&nbsp;security</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/111220/somalia-news-mogadishu-comes-back-life" target="_blank">return to life</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/symbolic-step-towards-normal-mogadishu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Destination Mogadishu Political Risk On Africa Fri, 18 May 2012 13:47:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5704722 at http://www.globalpost.com Somalia: WHO reopens health clinic after Al Shabaab retreat http://www.globalpost.com/Somalia-conflict-al-shabaab-hudur <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">HUDUR &mdash; Hundreds of Somalis line up for medical care at a newly reopened clinic in this rural area. The retreat of the Islamist extremist rebels of Al Shabaab has permitted medical agencies to resume healthcare services. But for some it is too late.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/Somalia-conflict-al-shabaab-hudur" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Destination Mogadishu Conflict Zones Sat, 16 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5707970 at http://www.globalpost.com Somalia: Life after Al Shabaab http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120618/somalia-life-struggles-return-normal-after-al-shabaab <p>HUDUR &mdash;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px; ">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.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">&ldquo;Life was hard then but now it&rsquo;s good. We dress how we want, play football, walk with our friends,&rdquo; 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&#39;s conflict is never too far away.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120618/somalia-life-struggles-return-normal-after-al-shabaab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda in Africa Destination Mogadishu Inside Somalia Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5708308 at http://www.globalpost.com Peace, but little else in rural Somalia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120710/somalia-al-shabaab-al-qaeda-poverty-aid-charcoal-industry <p>RAS KAMBONI, Somalia &mdash; Last year, the main problem in this rural corner of Somalia was Al Shabaab, the country&#39;s resident Al Qaeda affiliate. Now it&rsquo;s everything else. &ldquo;The main problems here are lack of water, medicine, education and food,&rdquo; said Ali Mansour, a local elder. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t take baths or wash our clothes. We live here like animals. Our children are all fishermen, not students.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120710/somalia-al-shabaab-al-qaeda-poverty-aid-charcoal-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda in Africa Destination Mogadishu Life in Hell Conflict Zones War Aid Politics Fri, 13 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5711248 at http://www.globalpost.com After Somalia famine, new horrors http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120720/somalia-famine-women-rape-sexual-abuse <p>MOGADISHU, Somalia &mdash; When a drought became famine here last year, hundreds of thousands of people bundled together what few belongings they had and began to walk, either across the border or toward Mogadishu, searching for food. The good news it that although hunger remains, the famine has abated. The bad news is that for the women and girls still living in the refugee camps, another horror has taken hold: rape.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120720/somalia-famine-women-rape-sexual-abuse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda in Africa Destination Mogadishu Somalia Famine Fri, 20 Jul 2012 20:13:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5712748 at http://www.globalpost.com What it's like being governed by Al Qaeda http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120720/al-qaeda-al-shabaab-somalia-african-union-kismayo <p>RAS KAMBONI, Somalia &mdash; The port town of Kismayo on Somalia&rsquo;s southern coast must be among the worst places on the planet to live right now. Not only is it governed by the fanatical Al Qaeda spinoff Al Shabaab, it is also a battleground where a regional coalition of African armies is fighting the extremist group. The testimony of fleeing residents is now providing a rare insight into what it&rsquo;s like to live under the rule of Al Qaeda.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120720/al-qaeda-al-shabaab-somalia-african-union-kismayo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda in Africa Destination Mogadishu Somalia Conflict Zones Military Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5712799 at http://www.globalpost.com The New Mogadishu http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5714634 <p>With Al Shabaab largely withdrawn from Mogadishu, a city once synonymous with war is slowly getting to know peace.</p> Africa Destination Mogadishu Thu, 09 Aug 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5714634 at http://www.globalpost.com Mogadishu's Super Troopers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120807/mogadishu-somalia-police-corruption-al-shabaab <p style="line-height: 20px; ">MOGADISHU &mdash; Maj. Ali Mohamed Salal is the commander of one of 16 district police stations in Mogadishu.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px; ">He has 150 disheveled officers, three stinking prison cells and one battered vehicle. Until a couple of weeks ago he hadn&rsquo;t been paid his $150 salary in eight months.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">With the war now over, securing Mogadishu increasingly falls to the poorly-equipped and sporadically-paid police force.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120807/mogadishu-somalia-police-corruption-al-shabaab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Destination Mogadishu Conflict Zones Military War Politics Thu, 09 Aug 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5715285 at http://www.globalpost.com Mogadishu: This is the life http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120807/somalia-mogadishu-peace-life-tourism-al-shabaab <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">MOGADISHU &mdash;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">Since the withdrawal of Islamist militants a year ago, Mogadishu is awakening from two decades of civil war, blinking its eyes and shaking the trauma from its bones. </span>Long synonymous with war, resident say that Mogadishu is now changing with breathtaking speed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120807/somalia-mogadishu-peace-life-tourism-al-shabaab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Destination Mogadishu Conflict Zones War Politics Culture & Lifestyle Thu, 09 Aug 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5715301 at http://www.globalpost.com Somalia’s brave new world http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120807/somalia-mogadishu-politics-election-corruption <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">MOGADISHU, Somalia &mdash; In a field of dozens of candidates, President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed is confident of re-election later this month.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">It&rsquo;s a sign that while in many ways everything is changing for Somalia, in other ways nothing is. </span>In Mogadishu&rsquo;s corridors of power, all the talk is of &ldquo;ending the transition.&rdquo; The political jostling is frenetic. But widely reported corruption is dashing the hopes of many here.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120807/somalia-mogadishu-politics-election-corruption" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Destination Mogadishu World Leaders Conflict Zones Elections War Politics Thu, 09 Aug 2012 10:00:17 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5715312 at http://www.globalpost.com Making money in Somalia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120807/somalia-mogadishu-economy-diaspora-banks <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">MOGADISHU, Somalia &mdash; Liban Egal grew up amid the oily clatter of hulking iron letterpresses in his father&rsquo;s shop behind one of Mogadishu&rsquo;s main junctions.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">After years in self-imposed exile from Somalia&rsquo;s violent anarchy, Egal, like others in the far-flung diaspora, has come home hoping to put an end to his country&rsquo;s reputation as a &ldquo;failed state&rdquo; and make some money while he&rsquo;s at it.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120807/somalia-mogadishu-economy-diaspora-banks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Destination Mogadishu Business Conflict Zones Emerging Markets War Politics Thu, 09 Aug 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5715323 at http://www.globalpost.com In-Depth Series: The New Mogadishu http://www.globalpost.com/series/mogadishu-somalia-peace-elections-al-shabaab-transition-civil-war MOGADISHU — After two decades of civil war, a relative peace has come to Mogadishu. Al Shabaab, the Al Qaeda affiliate, has been driven out of Somalia's capital and a political process is underway to form a new democratic government. Feeling safe for the first time in years, many Somalis are again venturing out, opening up businesses and rebuilding their lives. Destination Mogadishu Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 5715425 at http://www.globalpost.com Mogadishu: A short history of a long war (INFOGRAPHIC) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/war/conflict-zones/120808/mogadishu-short-history-two-decade-war-infographic <p>With Al Shabaab on the run, a relative peace has returned to Mogadishu, Somalia&#39;s capital. A GlobalPost infographic charts the country&#39;s two decades of conflict.</p> Africa Destination Mogadishu Conflict Zones Thu, 09 Aug 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Kyle Kim 5715436 at http://www.globalpost.com