"Elmsaafir's Somalia Page" Top 5 Page for this destination Somalia by Elmsaafir
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Spent three months here as part of Operation Restore Hope. Got in Christmas Eve morning after a 3 day flight, landing in the souther port city of Kismayu. Sang Christmas carols with Belgian paratroopers.
We secured the Juba river valley from Kismayu up to Jilib. Lived in an old Chinese Rice farm. Our unit didn't see much action...just a few sniping incidents that were responded to with appropriate force. We were fortunately in an area that hadn't been hit as hard by the famine, and were there at a time when they still "liked" us. Bottom line, we came home with everyone we went with, and that's good.
But, that being said, this picture is why we went...
We were primarily working in the south of the country, in and around Kismayu. After a few weeks in country, we moved north to Jilib, about 60 miles away.
- Pros:Beautiful country, amazing experience
- Cons:Lawless, chaotic, and unfortunately seemingly hopeless
- In a nutshell:Give it some thought before going...
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