June 25, 2006


Mogadishu's miracle: peace in the world's most lawless city: After 16 years of chaos, the warlords have left and the capital's streets are quiet (Xan Rice, June 26, 2006, The Guardian)

Mohamed Abdullahi no longer shoves his mobile phone down his trousers when leaving the house. Abdulaziz Mohamed has dismissed the armed men that used to guard his stationery shop. Farh Dir enjoys a restaurant dinner with a childhood friend - the first time he has been out at night in years.

"What has happened in Mogadishu is a miracle," said Abdi Haji Gobdon, the 62-year-old director of Voice of Peace radio in the Somali capital. "We are still trying to take it all in."

Three weeks ago, the last of Mogadishu's warlords were chased from the city by a combination of Islamist militia firepower and what people here describe as a "societal uprising".

After 16 years of chaos, the world's most lawless city suddenly has a taste of peace and security. Almost overnight, the atmosphere has changed from one of fear and despair to euphoria and even cautious optimism about the future.

"Everybody is happy," said Ahmed Mohamed, a spectacled 41-year-old businessman. "We are only a short time into this revolution, but we all hope this could be the start of a new life."

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 25, 2006 9:03 PM

Wait and see. Another Talebani Afghanistan. Islamists take over after decades of lawlessness. According to the Islamists, the Talebans defeated the Russians, the Islamists "chased" away the Great Satan (Black hawk down). As long as they are not sending us their suicial maniacs, I guess we should leave them alone to enjoy their Sharia heaven on earth.

Posted by: ic at June 25, 2006 10:09 PM

Totally right ic.

Posted by: erp at June 26, 2006 8:40 AM