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Mogadishu is the largest city, largest port, and official capital of Somalia, in East Africa. Its security is sufficiently poor to make it dysfynctional as a city. The situation involves more than street crime; there is active fighting. [1] It has been abandoned by half or more of its roughly 1 million residents. [2]

Current situation

According to the UN High Commissioner on Refugees, the last round of fighting started on May 8. At least 20,000 residents have been displaced; see Mogadishu/External Links for a map.


  1. Somalia: Unreliable Calm Returns to Warring Zones in Mogadishu, AllAfrica Global Media, 18 June 2009
  2. BBC News, 6 October 2008