Accountant Isa Ali Gedi, 36, spoke to the BBC News website from his home in Waxar Ade in the north of Mogadishu last Friday during the fiercest fighting the city had seen for several years.
In a follow-up interview below, he describes how peace seems to be holding for the time being in Somalia's capital.
Our city is calm again. Today everything is very well and yesterday it was too.
People are out and about on the streets of Mogadishu once more
The fierce fighting and horrific war of the last few days is at the back of our minds.
All the children are back at school.
Although our lives are calm again it doesn't mean that we stop worrying. Our problems lie with the two groups - the militia of Islamists and the warlords and businessmen of the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism.
I think that life is calm again because they're waiting for support from outside Somalia.
If they get what they want then maybe they will start fighting again.
When that happens we will be fearing death, but for now we are hoping that our life can be normal.
Living in Somalia is very good when peace is with us and there is no fighting.
The most important thing to a person is his life and so if his life is in danger it is terrible.
This is what life is like for a Somali.
We are waiting in our homes, not knowing what to do and not knowing if peace will stay.