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Somalia

These are pictures and images from Somalia, how it was before the long war and civil unrest period, which still lasts. I shot them in the early eighties, when there was time window during which taking pictures was allowed. They were all slides which I scanned with, often, a modest result in terms of quality. I believe, however, that some of the pictures may have for someone a value, at least judging from the several people originally from Somalia who expressed an interest in getting copies of them or even exhibit some of them in thematic exhibitions. Pictures are from Mogadishu, Merca, Brava and villages along the Juba river in the South. At that time, in early 80's, there were no pirates and islamic fundamentalism. The foundation of Jihadism were probably being set, but they were not visible under Siad Barre. Paradoxically enough, with the eyes of today, Mogadishu was one of the safest cities in Africa.

There is a second Somalia gallery in this site, which you are welcome to visit:

Somalia II

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Kisimaio, Somalia
Kisimaio, Somalia
Aw Usman Hoos Mosque in Merca, Somalia (and thanks to Sharif for correcting me!)
Aw Usman Hoos Mosque in Merca, Somalia (and thanks to Sharif for correcting me!)
Somalia, Young sellers
Somalia, Young sellers
Koranic school
Koranic school
Somalia, Mogadishu
Somalia, Mogadishu
Somalia, Mosque, Brava
Somalia, Mosque, Brava
Koranic school, Sablaale
Koranic school, Sablaale
Somalia, Mogadishu
Somalia, Mogadishu
Somalia, Merca
Somalia, Merca
Somalia, The camel milk woman
Somalia, The camel milk woman
Somalia, Mogadishu
Somalia, Mogadishu
Somalia, Koranic school
Somalia, Koranic school
Somalia, Fruit seller
Somalia, Fruit seller
Sailing off Kisimaio
Sailing off Kisimaio
Mogadishu market
Mogadishu market
Koranic school
Koranic school
Merca market
Merca market
Mogadishu
Mogadishu
Three generations, Southern Somalia
Three generations, Southern Somalia
Market, Kisimaio
Market, Kisimaio
Mogadishu alley
Mogadishu alley
Brava
Brava
Mother and children, outskirts of Mogadishu
Mother and children, outskirts of Mogadishu
Merca (and thanks to Said to correct!)
Merca (and thanks to Said to correct!)
Jilib
Jilib
Banana plantation, Southern Somalia
Banana plantation, Southern Somalia
Jilib
Jilib
Market
Market
Village
Village
Market
Market
Sablaale refugee camp
Sablaale refugee camp
Southern Somalia
Southern Somalia
Koranic school book
Koranic school book
Somalia-Kenya border
Somalia-Kenya border
Room with the view
Room with the view
Mogadishu, outskirts
Mogadishu, outskirts
Kids' hut
Kids' hut
School
School
Merca
Merca
Catching local taxi
Catching local taxi
Merka
Merka
Village
Village
Market
Market
Koranic school
Koranic school
Market Brava
Market Brava
Village, Southern Somalia
Village, Southern Somalia
My best friend in Mogadishu: the ice provider
My best friend in Mogadishu: the ice provider
Somali women at water well
Somali women at water well
Mogadishu market
Mogadishu market
Mogadishu market
Mogadishu market
Muslim wedding, Mogadishu
Muslim wedding, Mogadishu
Brava
Brava
Market
Market
Crossing Juba river, Southern Somalia
Crossing Juba river, Southern Somalia
Brava
Brava
Flirting at the school
Flirting at the school
Village gathering, Juba region
Village gathering, Juba region
Mogadishu market
Mogadishu market
Brava market (and thanks for the correction!)
Brava market (and thanks for the correction!)
Sablale refugee camp
Sablale refugee camp
Somali woman
Somali woman
Brava
Brava
The blind guide
The blind guide
Market
Market
Waiting for the doctor, village in Southern Somalia
Waiting for the doctor, village in Southern Somalia
Merca
Merca
Koranic school
Koranic school
Village kids
Village kids
Mogadishu
Mogadishu
Workshop
Workshop
Market
Market
Inside of a hut
Inside of a hut
Seller
Seller
Koranic school on the way to the South
Koranic school on the way to the South
Teachers
Teachers
Street kids
Street kids
Village at dusk
Village at dusk
Curious boy
Curious boy
Village
Village
Brava
Brava
Water well, Southern Somalia
Water well, Southern Somalia
Market
Market
Mogadishu
Mogadishu
Brava
Brava
Merca city al rahman school
Merca city al rahman school
Along Somali coast
Along Somali coast
Mogadishu shop
Mogadishu shop
Water well
Water well
Huts along the way to Mogadishu
Huts along the way to Mogadishu
Village, Southern Somalia
Village, Southern Somalia
Towards Kisimaio
Towards Kisimaio
Sablaale refugee camp
Sablaale refugee camp
Northern Somalia
Northern Somalia
Koranic school
Koranic school
Refugee family
Refugee family
Kurtunwarei refugee camp
Kurtunwarei refugee camp
Mogadishu market
Mogadishu market
Learning Koran
Learning Koran
Mogadishu airport
Mogadishu airport
School
School
Driving South
Driving South
Mogadishu by night
Mogadishu "by night"
Market
Market
Juba
Juba
Nomad settlement
Nomad settlement
Mogadishu
Mogadishu
Check point, Mogadishu
Check point, Mogadishu
Village
Village
Coast village
Coast village
Along the southern route
Along the southern route
Muslim wedding
Muslim wedding
Southern Somalia
Southern Somalia
Workshop
Workshop
Village
Village
Driving South of Mogadishu
Driving South of Mogadishu
Beach South of Mogadishu
Beach South of Mogadishu
Ogaden Refugees
Ogaden Refugees
Mogadishu
Mogadishu
Granaries
Granaries
US aid grains
US aid grains
Bus stop
Bus stop
Muslim wedding, Mogadishu
Muslim wedding, Mogadishu
Jilib, Southern Somalia
Jilib, Southern Somalia