Magazine article Foreign Affairs

The Mayor of Mogadishu: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

The Mayor of Mogadishu: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia

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The Mayor of Mogadishu: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia BY ANDREW HARDING. St. Martin's Press, 2016, 304 pp.

With the end of the Islamist militia al Shabab's control of Mogadishu in 2011, the establishment of a new federal constitution in 2012, and the significant decline in political violence since then, Somalia seems as close as it ever has been to escaping the bloodshed and chaos that have plagued it for so long. Harding's stunning book relates the country's recent history through the perspective of one man. The result is great storytelling by a master reporter. Mohamud "Tarzan" Nur was born into rural poverty before Somalia won its independence from the United Kingdom in 1960. He was brought up in a bleak orphanage in Mogadishu and spent his childhood as a street urchin respected for his fighting skills. …

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