The aim of this web site is to provide a cartographic and photographic record of Mogadishu, Somalia, from the late 18th century to 1990, using materials I have collected over the years, and which I am still collecting.
I was a resident of Mogadishu from 1985 to 1989, and visited it again briefly in 1991. I also lived in Erigavo, ( now in Somaliland) from 1983 to 1985, and again in 1991.
An earlier version of this website was hosted the Centre for Development Studies, University of Wales – Swansea until 2007.
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- Political posters from the 1970’s and 1980s (from the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Laboratory, Indiana University, USA)
- A wonderful series of photos from the Italian period, from the photo archives of theIstituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare, in the Technical and Scientific Branch of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- The UK National Archives Set 721 – being 102 photographs under the category of “Somalia”. Many of these show the 1919 -1922 British air and ground attacks on the forces and fortresses of Mohammed Abdullah Hassanwho had led a 20 year rebellion against the British occupation of northern Somalia> Locations shown include Medishi, Jidali, Eil Dur Elan, Godanod, Berwaiso, Tuleh, Dawad, Daar Illalo.
- Puntland.com, a good selection of historical photos and explanatory text. The website manager has been a bit cheeky by putting their own label on many photographs for which they dont hold the copyright, and which should be in the public domain unemcumbered.