It was a place of paved highways and smooth roads. Palm trees dotted the landscape, providing shade for those who ventured into the city for business or pleasure. Residents say that it had one of the best-trained police forces in the world — disciplined and respectful of residents.
Boasting the second longest coastline in Africa, people would sit on the beaches in groups to watch the sun disappear over the landscape, casting long shadows on the rising tide of the Indian Ocean behind them. This was Mogadishu then.
“It was a place of beauty,” said Mohamed Ibrahim, an exiled Somali journalist living in Kenya.“The ruler (Siad Barre) was strict but at least back then we had roads. We had shops. We had hospitals. Life was much better than it is now,” he says. more..http://www.nation.co.ke/News/africa/-/1066/504848/-/13t3fn1z/-/index.html
Back to Somalia: Asho's sad end
The 13-year-old was keen to escape the dismal Kenyan refugee camp for displaced Somalis. So the girl returned to her parents' homeland. But there, she was raped and then stoned to death...more..http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/556919#Comments