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Photos Captured Of Somalia’s Yesterday, Today and Everyday : The Beauty Of Somalia We Do Not See

Image: Abdulkadir Mohamed

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By: Cherie Lindiwe | 4 Month(s) ago

What happens when you even think to google Somalia, your mental picture is already tainted with guns, grenades, army officers, rioting citizens and tension.

Which come to think of it, while Somalia is to a certain extent not the safest place you could be, it would be a little hypocritical being a member of an African state to generalise Somalia when we ourselves hate being generalised by western nations. Beyond all that noise is a vibrant Mogadishu, full of people living every day lives, basking in the sun, singing and dancing.

Self-taught Somali-Canadian amateur photographer Abdulkadir Mohamed has walked and lived in the streets of Mogadishu long enough to truly freeze in time these delightful moments in the horn of Africa. And what a world of color it is.


School kids dancing dhaanto to celebrate their graduation from high school. Dhaanto is a very popular dance in Somalia.

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A semi-final match between two of the oldest districts in Mogadishu: Shibis versus Wadajir.

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Friday afternoon, dancers gather at Daljirka Dahsoon, a monument dedicated to an unknown soldier. People from all neighbourhoods come to hang out. Sometimes there’s also a wedding procession.

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 An excited young man seen at Lido Beach.

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 ‘Waa buubaa baddaan galaa’ (‘I’m flying high, I’m going to the sea’)

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The narrow alleys of Hamar Weyne, one of the old quarters of Mogadishu.

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Children eating ice cream

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There are a lot of women into martial arts, like Karate and Taekwondo in Mogadishu

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The lido line dance. Fridays, you will see a lot of people either doing traditional folklore dance or acrobatic displays.

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The lido line dance. Fridays, you will see a lot of people either doing traditional folklore dance or acrobatic displays.

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The great Ahmed Abas, one of the best players ever produced by Somalia and now wheelchair-bound, admires the closing ceremony of the General Daaud Cup.

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Showcasing Jazeera Beach’s coral reef

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School graduation ceremony of Hoyga Xamar 

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Young Girls of Mogadishu Image: Abdulkadir Mohamed

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Images Courtesy of Abdulkadir Mohamed /H/T: trueafrica.co


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