The New Yorker's Jon Lee Anderson took a hazardous trip to no-man's land: the largely warlord-controlled failed state of Somalia. He accompanied the country's president, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, who controls just a tiny portion of the country. Somalia's new President, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed : The New Yorker
NEAL CONAN, host:Late this summer, New Yorker writer Jon Lee Anderson took a hazardous trip to the most failed state, Somalia. He accompanied President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed on a flight into the capital, Mogadishu, stayed in the presidential compound and cautiously reported on the war with Islamic extremists there, the activities of African peacekeepers' efforts to ship in food to starving millions in the face of widespread piracy, and on the wreckage of the capital city and the nation.If you have questions for Jon Lee Anderson about his trip to Somalia, give us a call: 800-989-8255. Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also join the conversation on our Web sitehttp://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121292541&ft=1&f=1004. That's at npr.org. Click on TALK OF THE NATION. Jon Lee Anderson's piece �The Most Failed State� appears in the December 14th edition of the New Yorker. And he joins us now from our bureau in New York.