"Mogadishu, Somalia" Mogadishu by hankcheng

Mogadishu Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 17 photos

Driving along the road, I realized there is not one building without damage from decades of conflict; most of the buildings are destroyed or inhabitable through out the city. Buildings or land, whether it is destroyed or intact, is guarded by whoever claims that property.

On the streets, everything you don't see back home is happening here: Garbage pile up against both side of the street; sand blew from the desert mixed with the trash, some streets even has sand completely covered; Wild animals such as goats, cows and donkeys share streets with people; without traffic law (or any law), people drive on which ever side of the street their soul desire.

Guns and Anarchy

While not everyone carry a weapon on the street, there are still a good number of people carry AK47s on their shoulder. Without law and order, Somalis often settle their dispute violently. Fighting is their way of living.

Your personal armed guards

As for myself, my life was in the hands of my guide. During my stay, the ten gunmen, each carrying an AK47 shadowed everywhere I went. Without their protection, I would've been kidnapped within a minute or two. Average four to five UN staff was kidnapped and held for ransom each year in Mogadishu. That's why the United Nation banned its staff from traveling to Mogadishu for security reason.

  • Last visit to Mogadishu: Mar 2003
  • Intro Updated Mar 3, 2004
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  • Jun 24, 2008 at 1:51 AM

    The most likely chance that the armed guards may kidnap you at gun point and then may kill you after robbing you off....and your relatives wont find the body because there's none to take care of responsibilities. No one goes there. Please dont go.

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    Apr 21, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    im not an emotional person but this choked me up a little. im inspired by your travel here in a place worse than baghdad at the moment. did you go as a tourist or journalist?

  • LuisGuimaraes's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:30 AM

    There is something beautiful about this page, despite th morbidness of the place itself. It's honesty, perhaps. Simple, as frank as it takes, and not depreciating. Write some more..

  • MikeStarr5's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2007 at 7:34 PM

    Happy Birthday from Mike and Shelley in sunny "Barking Town" - Woof, Woof - Have a great day ! - Wow and I thought some parts of Barking Town were bad !!!!

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2006 at 8:26 PM

    Thanks for the description and images for this very difficult place to visit. Could you provide more specific details on getting transportation, guards, and a hotel room? Also, did you eat only in the hotel room? I might like to visit too.

  • Rabbityama's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2006 at 7:35 PM

    It's sad to see Somalia remain in such turmoil. It is probably a beautiful nation...

  • Fuente's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2005 at 9:52 PM

    you are a brave man

  • irisbe's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2005 at 12:13 AM

    I read your page with lots of amazement. It was a bit of a riskfull travel. Your pictures are beautiful and your tips very helpful.

  • caffeine_induced78's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2004 at 8:00 PM

    What would make you want to visit Somalia? Whatever it is in your soul that makes it that way I think is growing in mine.

  • vodolaz's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2004 at 2:56 AM

    Dreadful country. Thanks for photos.

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