A view of the old fishing harbour in Mogadishu, seen from the ruins of the Uruba Hotel, once one of the capital's finest.
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With Al Shabaab largely withdrawn from Mogadishu, a city once synonymous with war is slowly getting to know peace.

In an artist's workshop in central Mogadishu apprentices practice their skills.
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British-trained Somali chef Ahmed Jama prepares food in the open kitchen at his Village Restaurant in Mogadishu.
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Dr. Sharif Sheikh Muhyadin, a Sufi teacher and sect leader, is free to practice his religion once again since the Al Shabaab militant groups was forced out of the city last year.
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A view of the old fishing harbour in Mogadishu, seen from the ruins of the Uruba Hotel, once one of the capital's finest.
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Though glimpses of its former beauty remain and others are now being renovated, the cathedral in Mogadishu has, like many other buildings in the capital, been destroyed by years of war.
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Children living in informal camps, established a year ago when famine hit Somalia, wander through the old cathedral in Mogadishu.
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Men riding a vintage scooter drive across a bridge over the Shabelle River in the town of Afgoye, 22 miles outside Mogadishu.
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In a sign that a kind of normality is returning to Mogadishu, a traffic policeman directs vehicles at the city's main 'K4' roundabout.
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At a police station in the capital, prisoners - accused of theft and indiscipline - get a break from the filthy squalor of their shared cell.
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On the road to Afgoye, a signpost is evidence that Al Shabaab once controlled this area.
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As the day ends, a herd of camels is led across a bridge over the Shabelle River in the town of Afgoye, outside Mogadishu.
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Squatter children play in an abandoned government buildings where they live, but residents are fearful the government will reclaim the buildings, making them homeless.
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A squatter child looks through the window of the government building where he lives with his brothers, sisters and parents.
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Boys play football on Lido Beach in Mogadishu.
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