Mogadishu, Somalia 1984 at a photography studio. Some of the photos on the wall are of Somali celebrities of that era. Getting your picture taken by one of Mogadishu’s local photographers was pretty popular back in the days when Mogadishu was peaceful.
A young Somali Women at a Trade Fair in Milan, Italy in 1964 showcasing a Somali made product.
Somali Airlines Post Card
Somali Airlines was founded in 1964. In 1974 it started it’s international routes (London via Cairo, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Dubai, Riyadh, and many more). Somali Airlines stopped running when civil war broke out in 1991 in Somalia. There are preparations for its relaunch currently in progress by Somalia’s new government.
“I was born in war, I work in war and I live in war. I have never known peace”
Ayan Muhyadin, 19. Mogadishu, Somalia.
via SomaliReport ph: Jason Florio
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QORI DHIG QALIN QAADO (Put Down the Gun, Pick Up the Pen)
Elman Ali Ahmed was well known in Somalia for his peace activism and business accomplishments. He was murdered in 1996 in Mogadishu because he refused to stop working doing what he believed in. Ahmed’s motto “Put Down the Gun, Pick Up the Pen” can be found on walls all around Mogadishu’s streets today.
Amnesty International’s statement on his death is available here from 1996.
The Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre in Mogadishu, currently run by his daughter and widow Fartun Ahmed, which he founded in 1991 continues his work on peace building, poverty alleviation and rehabilitation. One of Ahmed daughters Ilwad Elman recently discussed his life and legacy at TEDxMogadishu (link via YouTube).
We should never forget Ahmed’s message.
May God bless his soul, and may Somalia one day reflect his belief and conviction for education over violence.