Mogadishu: Images from the Past

“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

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  1. ahmed ali ahmed said, on 13 September, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    no need here to be confused it is the heart of the down town of mogadishu, hjere you can see Vissio governo the cathedrel, the arba’a rukun mosque , the corregio dela sud hotel, the cafe nazionale building, up at the right you see partialy the old parliament, also casa italia, the chinese embassy, hotel shabelle, the new modern hamarweyne market, also known as the gold market of mogadishu, stazione centrale, Bar bagamundo. name it all the names with in the centre of the town.

  2. Ken Holt said, on 6 August, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    The Italians left a beautiful sea port at Mogadishu. Today it is all but destroyed by the native population through civil wars and religous conflict. You can argue that the country had the right to be free but it was peaceful and prosperous under the Italian Facist government.

    • George Cociani said, on 22 July, 2011 at 6:14 am

      Ken Holt. I know. I spent 4 years in Mogadiscio,from 1950 to 1954 in the Italian Navy as a raditotelegraphist.It was indeed a pretty town. George Cociani.

  3. lila01 said, on 19 February, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Is there a chance for the old somalia to come back by implementing its original constitution?

    Federal government is not the solution for somalia problem. The somali people are one nation that has one culture and one language, religion. Somalia could not be divided into so called lands with 100s of presidents if this happes there will be no somalia.

    Uk government should encourage the idea that there is another way which is much better for all somalis parties involved, which is the way things were before 1969 to have 1 central state and the parliament with mps from locally elected districts and degmos. This will unite the somali nation as one nation and not divide them. One must look at the bigger picture not only individual interest as somali interest as a whole to be considered a priority. Please do not let countries like ethiopia, kenya strategy succeed, because that is their strategy to have somalia as federal and to make each state have its own president and forget the real case where they have some lands that we need to get back from them, and be busy within our selfs,while they occupy our land (somalia). The somali government doesnt mind to divide somali into federal states as long as they remain in power.

    Lets not forget that there will be a good outcome of the london conference on 23thFeb if the civil society,governments who will partcipate along with UN work together on a better mechanisim, startegy to adopt the already designed constitution for somalia not to implment another new constitution. I believe there will only be more separation,more conflicts, another failed somalia state, poweless government and all efforts by international community will fail as a result. we welcome the uk government dismiss of the so called”road map” document which is not in the somali nations interest.

  4. Ahmed Salad said, on 2 March, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    To Holt and George, I know that you can make your case against Somalis but it is not nice to wish for a nation to be under colonialism. George, you might remember the white villas of Mogadishu city in 1950s but that Mogadishu wasn’t for us, Somalis. I am not condoning for our civil wars and human destruction in Somalia and i refuse to pride myself in the colonialism era of Somalia. In 1950s, none of the villas in Mogadishu were inhabited by local Somalis. So what were those villas good for? Nothing!

    Ahmed Salad


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