The streets of the capital now betray little of the rich and cultured past of this city, with shelled-out remnants of many of the grandiose buildings that used to characterise this coastal city.
Mogadishu's youth has grown up knowing nothing but war, a brutal reality that dictates their everyday lives. Schools move with the front-lines, and lives are destroyed by the bullets. But Somalis have an unparalleled tenacity in this environment, coping and building their lives amidst the chaos.
Following the ousting of Islamist extremists, al-Shabaab, life is returning to the city, with new investment and energy.