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Dock Workers
Dock Workers

A Somali man in Mogadishu's main port carries cement, just offloaded from a ship, into a waiting truck nearby on April 15. Despite the continued threat of al Shabaab in Somalia, much of daily life in Mogadishu has returned to normal, and the capital's economy growing fast.

Fishermen
Fishermen

Two fishermen prepare their boat for a night of fishing at a port in Bossaso, Puntland, on October 8, 2017.

Lifeguard
Lifeguard

A lifeguard sits watch on Mogadishu's main beach of LIdo. The Mogadishu lifeguards, consisting entirely of a volunteer force of fisherman, began patrolling Lido late last year as the beach has become an increasingly popular destination for the city's residents since al Shabab withdrew the majority of its militants from the city in 2011.

Independence Day
Independence Day

A band plays at Konis stadium in Mogadishu, Somalia, to celebrate the country's Independence Day on July 1. Today's celebrations mark 53 years since the Southern regions of Somalia gained independence from Italy and joined with the Northern region of Somaliland to create Somalia.

Jowhar Farm
Jowhar Farm

A woman stands above her crops on a platform, keeping a lookout for birds, near the town of Jowhar, Somalia, on December 15.

Somali National Army
Somali National Army

Somali National Army soldiers sit waiting on March 21 at a base in Janaale, Somalia, ahead of an offensive currently being planned by both the SNA and the African Union Mission in Somalia on the nearby town of Qoryooley.

Maternity Ward
Maternity Ward

Daynab Jama, a midwife, delivers a baby in the maternity ward of Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, on January 22, 2018.

The country also has some of the highest rates of infant mortality in the world, with only one out of every ten children making it to their first birthday.

Water Collection
Water Collection

A man walks towards a well with his donkey cart to collect water in Garbahaarey town in the Gedo region of Somalia on August 11. AMISOM's Humanitarian Unit today conducted an assesment of Garbahaarey town in the Gedo region of Somalia. The team visited the town's hospital, school, market, and water points during the visit.

Food Line
Food Line

Female IDPs line up at a food distribution center in Afgoye, Somalia, on August 4, 2013.

Relief agencies, constantly fighting for funding, do their best to get the food they have to those most in need.

Malnourished Child
Malnourished Child

A malnourished child looks up at a scale as he's weighed and treated for malnourishment at Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, on March 9, 2011. Somalia is currently experiencing a severe drought, and may be on the brink of famine unless urgent humanitarian action is taken soon.

Belet Weyne
Belet Weyne

A woman sits in an IDP camp on the outskirts of Belet Weyne on February 20. The IDP camp is currently home to four hundred people displaced by floods that affected the region late last year. Belet Weyne, Somalia's fifth largest city, is located 315 km from the country's capital Mogadishu. The city was first liberated from the extremist group al Shabab in September 2011 by Ethiopian troops, but was taken over by the Djiboutian contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in September 2012.

Night Patrol
Night Patrol

A Ugandan soldier, part of the African Union Mission in Somalia, guards a quiet street in Mogadishu while on night patrol in the city.

Elections
Elections

Election officials count delegates' votes during Somalia's process to pick members of parliament in Mogadishu, Somalia, on December 6, 2016. Somalia is currently electing members to the House of the People, who will then go on to elect Somalia's new president along with the Upper House of parliament.

Sunset
Sunset

A Somali girl walks down a road at sunset in an IDP camp near the town of Jowhar on December 14. Fighting between clans has displaced more than twelve thousand people near the town of Jowhar, Somalia. Many have sought temporary shelter near an African Union military camp in the area, who are currently providing security for the IDPs.

Mogadishu Streets
Mogadishu Streets

A private security convoy, necessary for NGOs and other foreign visitors, makes its way through the city streets in Mogadishu, Somalia, on August 12, 2013.