Somalia and Somaliland October 2014
Let me share with you some photo impressions from Mogadishu and a field mission to the north (Puntland and Somaliland). You can access the pictures through the following link https://plus.google.com/photos/103945442053805877863/albums/6077198097646458081
or scroll through the below Pictures.
Allow me a few words of explanation re the pictures:
Mogadishu (Capital of Somalia)
Due to the poor security situation UN staff have to live in fortified camps. I am accommodated in the Mogadishu International Airport camp near the seafront which is considered a safe place. Outside the camp we are only allowed to move in armored vehicles, accompanied by armed escorts and wearing a body armor. Part of the pictures were taken from within the car through tainted windows which causes funny photographic effects.
UN convoy moving through Mogadishu
Meeting with government counterparts (incl. the Speaker of the parliament)
Street views showing the center of Mogadishu; still visible the marks of 20 years of war.
Water front. Swimming is not recommended as shark attacks recently happened just a few meters away from the beach.
Visit of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Mogadishu (29 October)
Field mission to Puntland (North-East):
Flight from Mogadishu to Garowe (capital of Puntland)
Garowe street views
Field mission to Somaliland /North-West (security situation there is better than in Mogadishu)
Flight from Garowe via Bosasso to Hargeisa (capital of Somaliland)
Hargeisa street views and meetings with Somaliland authorities
Camel market in Hargeisa (camels hold a central position in traditional Somali pastoralists’ life)
Road mission to neighboring districts in order to meet village elders