Foreign Policy Oo Daabacday Soomalida Sidii Loo Gumaysan Jiray Sanadihii, 1331,1880,1882,1900,1936, 1948,1950,Iyo 1952, Iyadoo lagu soo aaddiyey Warbixintan Xilli Soomaaliya Gumeysi lagu celin rabo.
In 1960, British and Italian Somaliland were joined, and Somalia officially gained its independence after centuries of foreign rule. The first elections were held in 1964, with the SYL winning an absolute majority. Somali politics began to flourish, with women taking an active role. Taken from an Associated Press article published in 1966, the photo above shows a pristine main street in Mogadishu. The caption describes Somalia as “perhaps the most democratic country on the dark continent.” A free and fair election has not taken place in Somalia since the 1960s. Four decades later, the country is riveted by despair.
Waa Wadooyinka Magaalada Muqdisho Taariikhdu Markii ay ahayd, 1950, kii.
A scenic view of a quiet Mogadishu street paints a surreal view of life in 1950′s Italian-controlled Somalia.
An aerial view of Mogadishu from a 1950s Somali Airlines postcard (the airline ceased operations in 1991). The cathedral is pictured in the center. Over the years, the cathedral was looted and set afire. But Somalis displaced by conflict now call the ruins of the once great church home. Its doors remain unlocked for squatters who seek shelter inside.
Muuqaalka Wadooyinka Muqdisho 1950, kii, iyo Hoteladii xiligaas ku yaalay, oo Magac Talyaani wata.
This 1950s postcard shows a majestic Mogadishu street shaded by palm trees. The former offices of the Municipality of Mogadishu were housed in the building on the left, and the lavish Croce del Sud Hotel, to its right.
Muuqaalka Xeebta Indian Ocean ee Magaalada Muqdisho 1952,kii
A view of the white city of Mogadishu from the Indian Ocean in 1952. Sydney Oats describes the road into Mogadishu as barren for the first several miles, as the city had been shelled and bombed after the Italians had been driven out. The houses that were still standing were overgrown with grass and weeds. While many European expatriates lived in extravagant Italian-inspired homes, Somalis lived in traditional rectangular houses, often lacking windows..
Soomali Moos ka dhoofinaysa Magaalada Muqdisho 1952,kii.
A 1950s photograph shows Somalis packing waiting boats with bananas, one of the country’s main export goods.
Qaabkii Guryaha loo dhisan jiray oo ahaa Qaabka Gumaystayaashii Talyaaniga!.
Gurigii la oran jiray Garisa Museum ee Muqdisho ku yaalay 1872, gii, waxaana daganaa Suldannadii Sansibaar la oran jiray, kadibna, Gumaystayaashii Talyaaniga ayaa dagay oo ka dhigay Gurigii Talyaaniga, laakiin ugu dambayntii halgan kadib waxaa laga dhigay Gurigii Ummadda.
A postcard sent in 1950 shows the Garesa Museum. Built in 1872 by the Sultan of Zanzibar, it was later established as a museum by the Italians in the 30s, and later, the national museum after Somalia’s independence. The museum suffered looting and damage at the onset of violence in the 1990s and has remained closed for two decades.
Calanka Ingariiska iyo Talyaaniga inta aan Muqdisho laga taagin, 1948, kii waxaa Wadooyinka Muqdisho daadku mulucyeeyey dhiigga shacabka Muslimka ah ee Soomaliyeed, Adduunyo Taariikh aan Soomali badan ogayn!.
Blood stained the streets of Mogadishu on Jan. 11, 1948 as Somalis protested the possible return of Italian rule to Italian Somaliland, which had been controlled by the British since 1941. One report stated the clash between Italian supporters and the Somali Youth League, Somalia’s first political party, was fueled with “bullets, arrows, broken bottles and knives,” leaving over 50 Italians dead. One year later, as the U.N. General Assembly debated whether to reinstate Italian control, more protests rattled the city. In November of that year, it was decided that Italians would once again hold trusteeship, but only under the pretext that Somalia would gain independence in ten years.
On the left, the British flag is lowered on April 1, 1950, marking the end of British rule. Pictured to the right, the Italian flag is immediately raised. The picture was provided by the military, as Oats and the rest of the Royal Air Force were not allowed to attend the ceremony for their own safety.
Sydney Oats is pictured on the bottom left in July of 1949. Upon arrival in Mogadishu, he described the city as a “hot and sultry” place. Oats was on the last RAF plane to leave Mogadishu when the mission was closed one year later.
Boqorad katimdi Talyaaniga oo Muqdisho dhex maraysa Bishii March 1936, ayada oo xiran dhar leh calaamada Bisha Cas ama Kirishtaana, waxaa dhinac socda Baadariyaal waxay sheeganayaan in ay ku guulaysteen in ay Diinta naga fasahaadiyeen!,.
In March of 1936, the Crown Princess of Italy boarded the hospital ship Cesara. A band played Italy’s national anthem while seaplanes flew above, honoring her departure. As the hospital ship pulled away from its port in Rome, the princess, wearing her Red Cross uniform, is said to have given a Fascist salute to a cheering crowd. On her journey, she worked in military hospitals in Eritrea and Mogadishu. Above, the princess visits a monument in Mogadishu on April 18, 1936.
Muuqaalka Faras Magaalaaha Magaalada Muqdisho 1936, Masaajidka Arbaca Rukun ayaa Manaaradiisii Muuqataa!,
Above, a picturesque downtown Mogadishu around 1936. Pictured on the right is Arba Rukun mosque, known as the Mosque of the Four Pillars. Built in 1269 AD, the mosque predates Ibn Battuta’s historic arrival in Somalia. The Italian-built Catholic cathedral, which now lies in ruins, sits in the center, and the Triumphal Arch, honoring Italian King Emmanuel III, on the left.
Talyaaniga oo xiligaas haysta Bariga Afrika sida Itoobiya, Elatareeya, Gobalada Somaliland hadda loo yaqaan 1936, Magaaladu waa Barbara ama waa Takada Saylic!,
Italian Somaliland was integrated into Africa Orientale Italiana, or Italian East Africa, in 1936, along with Ethiopia and Italian Eritrea.
Above, the Italian S.S. Dvilio is pictured off the coast of Somalia, circa 1936.
Xuruntii Albaabkii laga soo gali jiray Magaalada Muqdisho iyo Xabsiyadii ay ku cadaabi jireen Gumaystayaashu Shacabka Soomaliyeed ee Muslimiinta ah Taariikhdu markii ay ahayd 1935, kii!.
Dated 1935, this photograph shows the grand port’s entrance gates in Mogadishu.
Askar Talyaaniya oo 1930, kii ku raaxaysanaya Barxada Soomaliya, waxayna saldhig ka dhigteen Muqdisho 1935, tii!. Allaah ayaa garanaya dhibkay ku hayeen Hooyooyinkeen, Gabdhaheenna iyo Aabbayaasheen!.
The 1930s marked an era of prosperity for Somalia. Italians flocked to the newly chic Mogadishu as their empire in the Horn of Africa rapidly expanded. In 1935, the Italians also invaded Ethiopia, taking the capital Addis Ababba the year after.
Starting in the late 1890s, Mohammad Abdullah Hassan rallied the Somali people to fight against European expansion in East Africa. With Hassan’s impassioned battle cry, the Dervish State was created, encompassing northern Somalia. Meanwhile, on the eastern shores, the Sultan of Zanzibar leased the city of Mogadishu to Italy in 1905. Known as Mogadiscio, the city became the capital of Italian Somaliland, which stretched from the Eastern tip of British Somaliland all the way down the coast to Kenya.
Soomalidii hore Sanadihii, 1880, kii, laga soo gaaro 1900, kii, Gabadha meesha tagaan waa Soomali Baantuu ayey leeyihiin, Waddamada carabta laga keenay oo Soomaliya Talyaaniga jooga laga iibiyey, 1882, dii, waxay noo sheegayaan Asal ahaan Soomali Baantuu in aysan Soomali ahayn, Qarnigii Sagaal Tobnaad ayey ka hadlayaan,
The late 1880s proved disastrous for many African nations, as the European “Scramble for Africa” carved up the continent into 30 separate colonies. By 1900, the European reign stretched across 90 percent of Africa, adding ten million square miles to their sphere of influence.
A Bantu slave woman is pictured on the right, around 1882 in Mogadishu. The Bantu people are not ethnically Somali, as they were captured by Arab slave traders and sold into Somalia throughout the nineteenth century. On the left, a man is dressed in traditional attire, the Italian postcard text on the back reading, Il Nomade.
Askar Talyaaniya oo Xeebta Muqdisho ku raaxaysanaysa, 1331, dii, Xiligaas Qoraaga Carbeed ee Ibnu Baduula ayaa tagay Muqdisho, Boqolaal Geela ayey ka dhoofin jireen Dekedda Muqdisho Talyaanigu, Warbixintaan Warbaahinta FP, daabacday ayaa lagu soo aadiyey xilli Soomaliya gacan gumaysi galayso waxaana lagu tilmaamay Soomaliya in ay tahay Failed State, waddan aan dowlad lahayn sidii la rabana laga yeeli karo, haddii wadanku 20, Sano dowlad la’aan gaaro, lama kala lahan weeye waa Failed State. Ujeedooyinka loo daabacay warbixintaan ayaa ah shacabka Soomaliyeed in la xasuusiyo gumaysigii ay soo mareen Aabbayaashood, iyo dhiigii ay usoo daadiyeen in ay xor noqdaan!.
When the great Arab explorer Ibn Battuta landed on Mogadishu’s shores in 1331, he was greeted with a feast fit for a king. Hundreds of camels were slaughtered daily to feed the flourishing port city, where a man could eat for ten. The sultan, clad in silk and fine Jerusalem cloth, was followed by a procession of trumpets and colorful canopies upon which golden birds perched.
How times have changed in Somalia. Today, centuries of European colonization and political strife, coupled with interludes of devastating drought and flooding, have created a failed state that’s become a haven for lawlessness. For years, Somalia was passed between foreign powers: first the Portuguese, then the British, then the French and Italians. Upon its declaration of independence in 1960, the country’s artificially drawn borders proved incapable of anything resembling stability. Now, Somalia remains in a constant state of conflict.
Once known as the “pearl of the Indian Ocean,” tourists flocked by the plane-full until the country descended into civil unrest in the 1990s. Now the only visitors are aid workers and their heavily armed bodyguards. When a Canadian tourist landed in Mogadishu last year, immigration officials thought he was either a spy or insane.
Above, young foreigners enjoy a warm day at Lido Beach. Sydney Oats, a former Royal Air Force (RAF) electrical fitter who was stationed in Mogadishu in 1949, provided this photo, as well as several others. He told Foreign Policy that Lido Beach, with its white beaches and breathtaking view, was the best part of Mogadishu, where young soldiers spent their afternoons nearly every day. Until 1991, when President Siad Barre was overthrown by a coalition of warlords after 22 years in power, Lido Beach was a popular club scene. This week brought news that Somalis are finally returning to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean after years of deserted beaches. But this brief beach-going interlude may be short lived. With pirates patrolling the coastline and the terrorist network al Shabaab arming children with AK-47s, Mogadishu remains arguably the most dangerous city in the world.