Mogadishu: Images from the Past

North-East Somalia, circa 1880

Posted in Maps, NE Somalia by rickjdavies on 30 December, 2008

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From Voyage au pays des Medjourtaines (Cap Gardufui – Afrique Orientale), par G Revoil,  pages 254-269, Bulletin de la Societe de Geographie, Mars 1880

Cape Guardafui (Gees Gwardafuy, Ras Asir), then (above) and now (below)

Trasporti somali

Posted in 1900 - 1918 by rickjdavies on 30 December, 2008

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Somali playing draughts

Posted in 1900 - 1918 by rickjdavies on 30 December, 2008

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Mogadiscio – Pozzo e Moschea

Posted in 1900 - 1918, Wells by rickjdavies on 30 December, 2008

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Mogadiscio – Panorama

Posted in 1930s by rickjdavies on 30 December, 2008

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Mogadiscio – Festa al Governatorato

Posted in 1930s, Political posters by rickjdavies on 30 December, 2008

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Postcard printed in 1936

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Mogadiscio – Mercato Indigeno

Posted in 1900 - 1960 Italian Period, Markets by rickjdavies on 30 December, 2008

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Panorama Villaggio Duca Abbruzzi

Posted in Aerial photographs, X: Other locations by rickjdavies on 30 December, 2008

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Postcard posted 1935.
Villagio Duca Abbruzzi later became Jowhar.
For more on its history see the Wikipedia entry on Jowhar

Google Maps view of Jowhar. The ruins of the big building in the photo are in the centre of the satellite photo below

Mogadiscio – Villaggio Indigeno

Posted in 1950s by rickjdavies on 30 December, 2008

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Mogadiscio – Museo della Garessa

Posted in 1950s by rickjdavies on 30 December, 2008

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Postcard posted in 1950

A representative of the Sultanate of Oman, and later on the Sultanate of Zanzibar, was based here in the 19th century.

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See the ruins of the Garesa in the centre of the picture below

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“Mogadiscio – Veduta aerea”

Posted in 1950s, 1960s Independence, Aerial photographs by rickjdavies on 30 December, 2008

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Somali Airlines postcard. Undated

The cathedral can be seen in the centre of the photo above, and its ruins in the centre of the photo below

Croce del Sud Hotel is visible to the left of the cathedral, and on the other side of the street. Parliament building on top right

Mogadishu in the 1950s

Posted in 1950s, Aerial photographs by rickjdavies on 30 December, 2008

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Taken in the 1950’s, possibly. Note sheltered “harbour” on the left. This was cut out of the rocks. In the 1980s there were still the remnants of a circular staircase cut into the stone that went down to the sea level on inside of the harbour. I am not sure if this was built before after the Italian occupation of Mogadishu.

PS: See useful comment below by Nur

Merca – Il trasporto delle banane dai magazzeni alie barche

Posted in 1950s, Marka by rickjdavies on 30 December, 2008

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Loading bananas on to the ships offshore Merca (Marka), via boats in the foreground

Dhikr / Dikri in Mogadishu

Posted in 1969-1991 Barre period, Religion, Video by rickjdavies on 29 December, 2008

“Dhikr… is an Islamic practice that focuses on the remembrance of God. Dhikr as a devotional act often includes the repetition of the names of Allah…A group dhikr ceremony in Arabic countries is usually called the hadrah”  (from the Wikipedia entry on dhikr)

 

Undated dhikr, possibly from the 1980s. Long, good sound.

See others in the same series of 18 videos:17, 16, 15, 14,13, 12, 11, 10, 8, 7, 6,5, 4, 3, 2,

Dhikr in Mogadishu in the 1980s [1980s dikr Somalia 1]

Dhikr in Mogadishu in the 1980s [Somalia 1980s dikri 2]

Video records of Mogadishu on YouTube…1

Posted in 1960s Independence, 1980s, Religion, Video by rickjdavies on 24 December, 2008

In the 1960s

Aadan Cade Madaxweynihii ugu horeeyay 1963 -SomalSwiss.net

In 1984

Taariikhdii Somalia Somali history 1960-91 – SomaliSwiss.net

Dhikr… is an Islamic practice that focuses on the remembrance of God. Dhikr as a devotional act often includes the repetition of the names of Allah  (from the Wikipedia entry on dhikr)

Dikr in Mogadishu in the 1980s (1st)

Dikr in Mogadishu in the 1980s (2nd)

Undated dikr, possibly from the 1980s. Long, good sound. Others

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