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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 November, 2004, 13:38 GMT
Life in Somalia: Abdi's story
Eight residents of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, tell us what the new government's priorities should be and how they have survived 13 years of anarchy.

Mahamut:
Scrap metal worker

Nimo:
Khat dealer

Abdullahi:
Cattle-herder

Abdi:
Refugee
Abdidir:
Bus driver

Bashir:
Gunman

Halima:
Refugee

Idi:
Singer

Abdi Dahir Guled

I am 24 years old and I have four children.

I have been living here at the former headquarters of the Somali airlines in South Mogadishu for nine years.

About 800 other families live in this building, or in the grounds.

Abdi Dahir Guled
There are no schools or health services

I came here after fighting broke out in my home region of Middle Shabelle.

I am not working at the moment - there are no jobs. Life here is very hard.

We support the new government and have been following what they have been doing. I think this time will be different.

I hope the government can give me some assistance.

There are no schools or health services.

I see a dark future for my children. I don't have a job but I hope the government will be able to do something for them.

My children don't go to school. They have gone to the market to try and earn some money or beg.

If someone is really sick in the camp, we all try and raise the money to send people to hospital but often, there is not enough.





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