Facing Mogadishu: Portraits by Jason Florio
For over 20 years Mogadishu, Somalia's beleaguered capital, has been the frontline for internecine clan warfare, and in recent years was under the sway of the al Qaeda inspired Islamist militants, Harakat Al Shabaab. Harakat Al Shabaab retreated from Mogadishu in August 2011 and the Transitional Federal Government forces took control. But no matter who has been in power over the last two decades, life in Mogadishu has been fraught with extreme danger and biblical deprivations; whether for those who are willing to stay, or those that are forced to be there because of drought and conflict in other parts of the country. The portraits and short statements are a way to bring people face to face with those living in one of the World's most dangerous cities.
*Poster Photo: JANELLE ALI WARSAME “MAMA” - age 55 runs a stall cooking food outside the Villa Somalia Clinic.