Somalia emerges from war
Mogadishu, the seaside Somali capital, is enjoying a peace that, except for the infrequent attack, has lasted the better part of a year and Somalis who fled decades of war are coming back, as are UN workers who long operated out of Nairobi, the capital of neighboring Kenya.
A young boy rides a bike in a dusty field in Hudur. What would be a humdrum scene elsewhere feels like a revolution in the central Somali town of Hudur, which has just emerged from three years of control by Islamist rebels. Football was forbidden, along with music. (June 12, 2012)
Young boys play soccer in a dusty field outside one of the mosques in Hudur in central Somalia, which has just emerged from three years of control by Islamist rebels. Soccer was forbidden, along with music (June 12, 2012).
Aminou Mohamed walks to a hospital in the Hudur region of Somalia. She has been waiting to see a doctor for the past 10 years — ever since she was shot by a stray bullet, she told AFP in the capital of central Somalia's Bakool region. Bakool has had no hospitals for the past three years when al-Qaida affiliated insurgents closed down a maternity clinic. (June 10, 2012)
Abdikhafar Abubakar prepares to board a plane back to Minneapolis after returning to Mogadishu, Somalia, to visit his mother for the first time in decades. (June 8, 2012)
A fruit seller looks across as a Somali soldier stands guard in Afgoye, west of the capital, Mogadishu. The seaside Somali capital is enjoying a peace that, except for the infrequent attack, has lasted the better part of a year and Somalis who fled decades of war are coming back, as are UN workers who long operated out of Nairobi, the capital of neighboring Kenya. (June 7, 2012)
Burundian troops, serving with the African Union peacekeeping force, sing church hymns at their base near Mogadishu, Somalia. (June 6, 2012)
Justin Brady, who heads the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the first country director of a UN agency to relocate to Somalia, rides in an African Union armored personnel carrier in Mogadishu, Somalia. (June 5, 2012)
African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Force Commander Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti, center, gestures toward a Somali man during a visit to Afgoye, west of Mogadishu, in Somalia. Afgoye, long controlled by Islamist militants, recently fell to AU peacekeepers marking the Union's biggest success in Somalia since they pushed the militants from Mogadishu last August. (June 5, 2012)
Somalia's troops kick in a door during an operation to flush out suspected al-Shabab insurgents at Elasha Biyaha. Somalia's al-Qaida-linked insurgents this week confirmed the fall of one of their last remaining bases, the southern town of Afmadow, to African Union and allied forces. (June 2, 2012)
Suspected al-Shebab insurgents are rounded up by Somalia's troops during an operation to flush them out in Elasha Biyaha. The insurgents, linked to al-Qaida, this week confirmed the fall of one of their last remaining bases, the southern town of Afmadow, to African Union and allied forces. (June 2, 2012)
Ahmed Jama chops meat and vegetables at one of his restaurants in Mogadishu, Somalia, where he returned after decades of war, to help the city rebuild. Jama has recently opened two western-style restaurants in two hotels he owns, one on the beachfront and the other in the downtown of the capital. (May 22, 2012)
Ahmed Jama, right, walks in front of his restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia. (May 22, 2012)