With the withdrawal of the militant group Al Shabab from Mogadishu in 2011 and many towns around Somalia soon thereafter, a fragile peace has allowed residents of a country that hasnâ€™t seen peace in over two decades to slowly pick up the shattered remnants of their lives and begin building again. And while it may be many years, perhaps even decades, before Somalia is once again the country it once was - there is still much to be enthusiastic about.
Both politically and economically Somalia has made large strides in recent years. Elected in 2012 by Somali elders, the country now has its first real government since 1991 and plans to hold democratic elections in 2012. Perhaps it is the economy, though, which really shows promise. Long renowned for their entrepreneurial spirit, Somalis from the diaspora have returned in droves and Mogadishu in particular is going through a period of growth unheard of since it fell into civil war.
Of course, the country is still not without its challenges. Security continues to be a problem, with Al Shabab carrying out insurgent attacks on an almost weekly basis. Corruption also makes it hard to operate, as well as the persistent uncertainty of whether peace will really last. Despite this, however, Somalia has indeed turned a corner and its now up to those there to decide how far down this new road they would like to go.