I thought to start the new year with a topic I always wanted to write about, without getting too political. Let's call it.....Vintage Somalia, before violent conflict destroyed the land and caused so much horror and pain for millions of Somalis around the globe. I hope you enjoy these beautiful pictures from my parents home country. Somaliland, northern region is where my parents were born and raised, but they lived many years in Xamar Waayn (Mogadisho), aka Somalia familiar to most people. So to them it hits home when they see these snap shots of bygone time in Somalia, the horn of Africa.
Somalia Gulls -Mogadishu beach, 1979.
Baraawe, Somalia - 1983.
Mogadishu Cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral located in Mogadishu, Somalia. It was built in 1928 in a Norman Gothic style based on Cefalù Cathedral.
A young Somali Woman at a Trade Fair in Milan, Italy in 1964 showcasing a Somali made product.
A Somali man with his boat in the coastal city of Barawa, Somalia.
Aerial picture of Mogadish, Capital city of Somalia
Shabeellaha Hoose, Somalia November 1986
My mom still has this passport.
One of only 2 elected president before dictator Siyad Bare: Somalia’s first President Aden Abdullah Osman Daar post independence in the 1960s.
Mogadishu - La Guereza November 1986
Old Portuguese Lighthouse, November 1986
Hargeisa in the 1980s....capital city of Somaliland.
Mogadishu Stadium, it was built in 1978 with the assistance of the Chinese government.
Another aerial shot of Mogadisho waterfront....Indian Ocean.
Camels besides sheep/goats have played significant economic role in Somalia, exporting it to most Middle Easter countries.
Somali truck loaded with corn parked on the side of a road in Mogadishu on September 24, 2003 from Reuters News.
Full credit for many of these amazing pictures of Somalia before the civil war are thanks to the man behind Vintage Somalia site. If anyone has pictures from Somalia before and after the war, please send it his way.