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Mogadishu comes back to life; African Union troops succeed in restoring some order, but can it last?

Last Updated on Friday 23 December 2011
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Global Post: Dec 22, 2011; Somalia has been a chaotic and violent Hell for more than 20 years, especially Mogadishu, the capital. Although there are many camps of hungry people, the city is showing signs of a return to normal life, thanks to the withdrawal of the Islamic extremist rebels of Al Shabaab and the presence of African Union peacekeeping forces.

Street stalls sell piles of plump mangoes and stacks of freshly baked bread, a bookseller has set up shop on sheets of newspaper laid on the ground. Sidewalk cafes offer cups of sweet tea beneath shady trees, freshly painted murals on shopfronts depict items for sale: watches, computers, mobile phones.

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