"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


life among the ruins

Imagine if your town were destroyed by grenades and rocket launchers and helicopters falling from the sky and famine and disease and crumbling buildings and teenage boys with guns - and you still had to live there.

Picturing that sort of scenario will give you a vague idea as to what it's like to be a resident of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. But not as much as these incredible photos of the city, the likes of which I've never seen in 10+ years of thinking about state failure. Franco Pagetti is the photographer.

(HT: @Scarlett Lion)


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