Travel Mogadishu, Somalia (Part 2)
We continue our journey through Somalia. So far, everything is fine! The weather is good, despite the hot season. The food is excellent - in my rooming house chef from Italy, who is preparing a chic and fantastic lobster pasta (no joke). On the second day of the migration service sent a permission to shoot and pick-up with the military. Protection efforts. Of the minuses - the military did not allow to communicate with the locals. I Feel Putin.
Again, start with the guard. In the front seat can not go - there goes a man with a gun. Local worry that if the white man will notice in the car, he was immediately stolen.
Today decided to strengthen security and highlighted pickup with eight (!) Gunmen.
Every time I had to get out, they ran out of his truck, and "cleansing" the area. They stopped every car and chased all people. Even the military is very funny to disperse the road sluggish motorists.
Even in the country, when you stop, I'm sorry, pee, they cleaned the area from ground squirrels and beavers (or whoever lives in the desert?).
I decided to go to the slums. Funny, of course, travel. You walk surrounded by the military, which banished all inhabitants of these slums. At the same time there are a lot of residents, and we go very quickly, almost at a run. The impression is that you are with a group of war you participate in some kind of seizure a peaceful settlement. Represents the state of Aboriginal people, when your camp breaks shaggy white photographer with gunmen, ran 30 seconds for making a circle and leaves.
A bunch of curious kids want to come closer, but they are not allowed. Later, the security chief explained that every baby in diapers is, at least, a grenade, which he was happy to throw at me.
No contact with the local population. Every Somali - a potential killer or kidnapper. You can not go on the same route - said the car, plan the attack.
Filming in such circumstances, of course, difficult. You can not stand still for a second. All on the run. You can not leave the car in crowded places. People around should be enough to cope with them could guard. For this reason, you can not go to the market, there can begin uncontrolled reaction from the local population. At night you can not go anywhere at all, as all shoot. You can not even sit at the window, so that no one saw the white man.
The local population, by the way, is not spoiled by tourists attention.
are all very friendly.
Any output from the machine or stopping - for stress protection. They always imagining kidnapping or terrorist attack. They say that every day there is something explodes. Agents Al-Qaeda trying to regain control of the city and constantly bullies.
When the car begins to approach the crowd, guards fired into the air. Excellent technique - all at once run up and on the street there is silence. No one yells, no longer hear the children's laughter ...
You're probably thinking right now, as it is inhuman to disperse the people shot in the air. In fact the orders here on the streets is very severe. Here, for example, a man batting passersby. No he is not responsible and does not even perturbed. At the airport police to bludgeon sticks porters. In general, ordinary African life.
City a little ruined by the war. Here, for example, a police station.
And it is a street in the center. Sidewalks and plitochki not here.
The ruins of the cathedral.
was beautiful cathedral, but now live here in tents the refugees.
In the past on the shore were luxury villas of the local elite. Now everything is destroyed. Almost all filmed from the car window. Stop where you can not hit.
A local resident.
Many trucks without cab. Generally, it happens, look at the next car, and wonder how it all goes?
Cycling club meeting. As in any normal city, Mogadishu, people ride bikes.
Now is the season of large sweet watermelon.
80% of the Somali population can not read and write. On store walls painted products and services offered within. Here, for example, a pharmacy, where you can charge your phone, pass tests, measure up the pressure, and circumcised (picture below left).
This is the facade of one of the clinics in the center. Here, too, are circumcised.
where you can charge your phone, play Playstation 2, buy cold drinks, to learn foreign languages, medicine and learn a profession speaker.
Learn facades incredibly interesting. Please note that the owner reserves the autograph and a telephone.
Social advertising - Somalia rising from its knees. Since no one knows how to read, we have to draw comics.
Another PSAs. Left "yesterday" right "today."
The readers were asked to show them the Somali women. You are welcome.
Despite the fact that Somalia live under Sharia law, and all the women in headscarves walk, photographed them without any problems.
to remove prohibited women in other Muslim countries.
And then all do not care. Of course, maybe they do not know that they are being photographed.
In Somalia, every man for himself. Here its own special atmosphere.