Mogadishu: Images from the Past

Loyada border post, circa 1935

Posted in Buildings, Uncategorized by rickjdavies on 3 January, 2021

Source: Wikipedia – Cropped from a postcard issued by G.B. (Grand Bazar), Djibouti, before 1935.

I think this is on the Djibouti side of the border. When I crossed this border in 1984 and 1985 it seemed that the building was bigger (and it was painted white), and the palm trees much higher. It looked like a scene out of the 1939 movie Beau Geste. The same building can be seen in this recent Google Maps view of the border.

An introduction to shax: A Somali game

Posted in Uncategorized by rickjdavies on 2 May, 2016


This is a pdf copy of a short paper I wrote while living in Mogadishu, with the assistance of Ibrahim Awad, Abdidahir Ali Hirsi, Axmed Ismacil Jamac, and Axmed Liban Axmed. It was on the web for a long time, then disappeared. So here it is again: AN INTRODUCTION TO SHAX: A SOMALI GAME

Healing ceremony

Posted in People, Religion, Uncategorized by rickjdavies on 6 January, 2015


Undated postcard. Looks like a healing ceremony, a zar perhaps. Can anyone help with more information? Post your Comments below

Cartolina Postale (untitled)

Posted in Uncategorized by rickjdavies on 3 April, 2013

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Where is this photo taken from? Add your comments please.

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