A man stands in front of a restaurant in the Hodan area of Mogadishu
A man stands in front of a restaurant in the Hodan area of Mogadishu October 8, 2013. Street lamps now brighten some of Mogadishu's battle-scarred roads and couples hold hands at the seaside next to bombed-out beachfront buildings, a scene that would have been unthinkable when the Islamist al Shabaab group held sway here. However, rebuilding a life many in the world take for granted is a slow process after more than 20 years of civil war and anarchy in Somalia. Islamists, who control swathes of countryside and some towns, have launched several attacks in Mogadishu, and last month they showed their reach, claiming responsibility for a deadly attack on a Kenyan shopping mall. Picture taken October 8, 2013. REUTERS/Feisal Omar (SOMALIA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY CONFLICT)
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