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Tourette's in Somalia.

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So, I'm trying to figure out if it is in any way possible for me to get into Somalia. Mogadishu specifically. Apparently it is actually feasable to get into Hargeisa, a relativley safe and stable city.

 

Apparently 'Dallo Airlines' is "Proudly connecting Horn of Africa to the Global Village" but I somehow wasn't able to get too much useful information on how I could actually connect myself to the Horn of Africa, or how much it would cost.

 

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I also stumbed upon this article which is sad and funny at the same time.

 

Tourism in Somalia

Far from the madding crowd

Mar 4th 2004 | MOGADISHU

From The Economist print edition

 

Well, far from other tourists, anyway

 

HE HAS perhaps the world's hardest job, but very little to do. Abdi Jimale Osman is Somalia's minister of tourism. His inbox is always empty; unsurprisingly, given that his anarchic homeland has not had a single officially acknowledged tourist in 14 years.

 

Somalia is not without attractions. The sun shines, the beaches are sandy and you can dine on lobster on the roof of the Sharmo Hotel, which commands a splendid view of the capital, Mogadishu. It is not safe, however. The Sharmo advises guests to hire at least ten armed guards to escort them from the airport.

 

 

Since civil war broke out in 1990, Somalia has been divided into some two dozen warring fiefs. But Mr Jimale is undaunted. “Tourists can still go and see the former beautiful sights,” he says. “The only problem is they're all totally destroyed.” Your correspondent admired what was left of the cathedral. Graffiti outside warned “Beware of landmines”.

 

Mr Jimale wants donors to help rebuild Somalia's national parks, though they mainly lie in areas the government does not control. “Most of the animals have disappeared too,” he concedes, “Because we have eaten them.”

 

Brave tourists can find unusual bargains in Mogadishu. In the market, a hand grenade sells for $10, a Howitzer for $20,000. For those who remain unconvinced, Mr Jimale is reassuring. “I'm sure tourists would leave Somalia alive and I'm hopeful they wouldn't be kidnapped,” he says. “At least, we would try to make sure they were not kidnapped, although it can happen.”

 

 

 

 

Some photographs of Somalia in the 1980s.

 

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And heres me, and our neighbor/nanny.

 

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Thoughts? Advice? Anyone want to come?

( I know this probably isnt going to happen anytime within the next decade but I can dream...)

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Re: Tourism in Somalia.

 

....and you can dine on lobster

 

somehow in a country that is notorious for its impoverished and starving people this doesnt seem right.

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I'm planning a trip to east africa in 2 years time with somalia on the possibilities list.

They know how to lean with it/rock with it.

If you know what i mean.

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I had a cab driver from Somalia the other day said he moved here in 1987 and the country used to be beautiful until the civil war. But he said he'd been back since.

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Naw. Its not right. Thats the way the world is though.

 

Why do I want to go? I dunno. i just do. I also spent the first 6 years of my life there, and I'd like to track down what might possibly remain of my family's old house etc...

t would be interesting to go somewhere completely cut off from the rest of the world, (in a way ) that somehow has managed to somewhat funciton with out any form of government.

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I have several friends that have gone to somalia...but not on vacation.

 

Aparently if your going to fit in there, you should get high as fuck and jump in a truck with some other dudes until you find someone to chop up with a machette...

 

Good luck.

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“Tourists can still go and see the former beautiful sights,” he says. “The only problem is they're all totally destroyed.” Your correspondent admired what was left of the cathedral. Graffiti outside warned “Beware of landmines”.

 

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“Most of the animals have disappeared too,” he concedes, “Because we have eaten them.”

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“At least, we would try to make sure they were not kidnapped, although it can happen.”

 

 

 

:haha: It's sad, but these quotes are hilarious...

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Basically I made this thread because I can't remember the last time I made one, and the articles I am coming across are fucking ridiculous.

 

This one is from the Jubba Airlines website:

 

MOGADISHU – A Blend of The Ancient and The Modern

With a population of about 1,5 million, Mogadishu is the largest city and chief seaport. The city has a rich 1,000-year history. Persian and Arab traders founded Mogadishu in the 10th century and intermarried with the local population. One of the earliest Arab settlements on the East African coast, the city was a leading commercial port by the 13th century. The port was under the control of the Sultan of Zanzibar, and of the Italian government in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Mogadishu finally became capital of an independent Somalia in 1960. From 1992 to 1995 Mogadishu became the center of a United Nations (UN) operation intended to restore government.

 

For visitors the main landmarks in town are the Arba-Rucun Mosque (Mosque of the four pillars) and the cathedral the Italians built right next to it. They are close to the waterfront and the old city with its many white houses and small streets. Other attractions include the beach, which is okay, although the tow can be dangerous and there are often sharks.

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The happy face icon makes this thread even more awesome.

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Realistically speaking, i think the current political situation in somalia would make a visit to mogadishu easier and safer than it has been in the last 15 years.

I'm all about going over there, the hard part is getting into the country. The best bet I believe would be to catch a flight from Eritria.

I'd still think it would be a good idea to rent the services of some security with a technical.

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A tourist with bodyguards? Now that's some baller shit.

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Were getting an influx Somalians imported into Aus. they seem decent enough...

 

Although some have already fucked up pretty hard

 

One went on a raping rampage and raped like 10 women a few times with sticks or forcing other men to rape the chick while he watched

 

The other time this guy rode into a primary school drunk crashed into a brick wall crushing primary school children

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Its just a matter of different strokes for different folks i guess. (nohomo)

Some people want to go to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, i'd like to go to somalia to see all types of crazy shit that I don't think you could comprehend unless you saw it first hand, and had the opportunity to speak with people that go through shit like that on the regular.

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Are you an American? First stop is to go to http://www.state.gov and check the travel warnings. Some third world countries like to seize passports and shit so you might want to check that out for Somalia...also you can get numbers for the U.S. Embassy in case shit goes down and you need to extract fast. I would keep that number safe and close at ALL TIMES when you go, along with your passport.

 

While in the country BE CAREFUL AS FUCK!!! Remember this is a war torn country ran by warlords! I know I don’t want to see your ass on CNN with a blindfold on asking for help...cause then we have to send the boys from old 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta to get your ass out and we all know how that shit went down last time.

 

But not to detour you away from your trip, but try to blend in, know some of the language to get yourself out of situations, be cautious. Have fun!! Take Flics!! Interested in what is the outcome.

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