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Mogadishu Today

There is no airline service to Mogadishu. These three passengers paid $75 to $100 dollars to ride on a khat plane that was returning to Nairobi, Kenya after making a khat delivery to Mogadishu. The flight takes about 2hrs. and 40 minutes.
The mission began simply: Send in top American forces to round up clan leaders loyal to Mohamed Farrah Aidid in Mogadishu, Somalia. Instead, a series of problems complicated the Oct. 3, 1993 mission.

In the ensuing 15-hour battle, 18 U.S. soldiers were killed, and 73 soldiers were wounded. There is no agreed-upon total for Somalian casualties.

The mission drew fury in the U.S. after one American soldier's body was dragged through the streets of Mogadishu while Somalians prodded the corpse. The television images of the incident incited such a fury in Congress that President Clinton was forced to withdraw U.S. forces from Somalia.

Today, top Somali clan leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid is dead. But warlords, chaos and fear still rule the African nation. The city of Mogadishu remains a dangerous place where people struggle to survive daily living, disconnected from the outside world.

The following is Mogadishu today.

Photographs by Peter Tobia


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