[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Languages
Last Updated: Thursday, 25 November, 2004, 13:36 GMT
Life in Somalia: Abdullahi'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

Abdullahi Abuker Mahamud

I am taking these 220 cows to new pastures, along with some colleagues.

Only some of them belong to my family. People pay me to look after their cattle for them.
Abdullahi Abuker Mahamud
Sometimes freelance gunmen come and steal my money or some of my cows and I can't do anything

I have heard about the new government and I fully support it.

Life is very hard for us cattle herders.

At the moment, I am always afraid that I could be killed in revenge after some members of my clan killed someone from another clan.

That's how my brother was killed.

I think the government can bring peace and stability to Somalia.

The first thing they should do is to collect the weapons from the gunmen.

Then I want to get my family's land back.

We were chased off our land by another group who were better armed than us.

I am able to take the cows through the checkpoints without anyone asking me for some of my cows.

But sometimes freelance gunmen come and steal my money or some of my cows and I can't do anything.

I am not armed.





PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific