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With his finger on the trigger of an Ak-47, Liban Abdi Siyad, 20, is one of many armed gunmen roving the streets of Mogadishu. The payment for the security he provides is a bag of rice and some khat, a weed that when chewed acts as a stimulant.

Tobia on flying into Mogadishu

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