Mogadishu is the capital of Somalia. The port city is located in the south of the country on the Benadir coast to the Indian Ocean. In the past, Mogadishu was also called the pearl of East Africa. The rise of the city began in the 10th century, with the settlement of Arab traders. Many immigrants came from the Arabian Peninsula. They were wealthy and shared their wealth with the local population. In 1296, a mosque was built, the Fakr-ad-Din Mosque. It is one of the oldest Islamic buildings in Africa.
Mogadishu, once Somalia’s largest city by millions, has been hit hard by the civil war. After that, a devastating mass exodus began. During the Civil War, many streets and buildings were destroyed. The capital of Somalia is still classified as a lawless and dangerous city. In the chaotic city, you can buy uncontrolled weapons in addition to clothes, fruits and fish at the Bakara market, for example. Cautious estimates suggest that around 1 million people now live in Mogadishu. Mogadishu has remained the economic center of Somalia. The city has an international airport and a major seaport.
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