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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (22 0...
Bajil, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Ten year old Yemeni boy, storing qat at the streets.
He doesn't go to school.
Al Qat sellers give him some everyday for free.
His name is Ali.

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (23 0...
Bajil, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Ten year old Yemeni boy, storing qat at the streets.
He doesn't go to school.
Al Qat sellers give him some everyday for free.
His name is Ali.

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (12 0...
Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

At a Yemeni wedding, in Al Hudaydah, which is Situated on the Red Sea.
He goes to school, and his father allows him to store Al-Qat only in the weddings.

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (13 0...
Bajil, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

In the city of Bajil, a ten year old boy, storing qat at the street, he doesn't go to school.
Al Qat sellers give him some everyday.

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (2 0f...
Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

In a Yemeni wedding, two twelve-year old boys storing Al Qat with their father, he allows them only in weddings.

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (4 0f...
Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Eleven year old boy storing Al Qat with his friends in the city of Al Hudaydah, Yemen.

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (6 0f...
Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Eleven year old boy storing Al Qat with his friends in the city of Al Hudaydah, Yemen.

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (1 0f...
Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Fourteen year old boy, who works in selling Al Qat with his Father, Ahmad Issa.
He left school early in order to work with his father, because of the bad economical situation they have.
He stores Al Qat with the consent of his father.

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (26 0...
Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Ahmad Issa, Qat seller.
whom his son left the school to work with him in selling Al Qat

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (11 0...
Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Ten year old boy works in selling Al Qat, to help his family.
He emptied his mouth before taking the photo.

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (19 0...
Bajil, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Ten year old Yemeni boy, storing qat at the streets.
He doesn't go to school.
Al Qat sellers give him some everyday for free.
His name is Ali.

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (24 0...
Bajil, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Ten year old Yemeni boy, storing qat at the streets.
He doesn't go to school.
Al Qat sellers give him some everyday for free.
His name is Ali.

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After the Spring in Yemen (20 of 28)
Sanaa, Yemen
By dustweare
20 Aug 2012

Souq Hajjar, a qat marquet in Sana'a. The qat is a plant widely cultivated in Yemen, whose leaves contain a compound with effects similar to those of amphetamines. Among the people from the Arabian penisula and the horn of Africa, qat chewing has a long history as a social custom dating back thousands of years. Studies have shown that only in Yemen, almost 80% of its population spend 3 to 4 hours a day chewing the plant. Moreover, the enormous need for water of the qat industry is on course to make the capital, Sana’a, the first in the world to completely run out of water.

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Somalia: Routing Al-Shabab 04
Arabiska
By Noe Falk Nielsen
24 May 2012

A Ugandan T55 tank sits on the ridge overlooking Afgoye, during Operation Free Shabelle on 24 May 2012. Having superior fire power and a willingness to accept casualties, the Ugandan People's Defense Forces, supported by the Burundian National Defense Forces slowly pushed Al Shabab out of the capital and subsequently the regional population centers.

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Somalia: Routing Al-Shabab 05
Arabiska
By Noe Falk Nielsen
24 May 2012

By May 2012, the Somali National Army was showing signs of coherence and the 6th Brigade fought alongside the Ugandan Army as the African Union Mission to Somalia captured the strategic city of Afgoye. The offensive was the first proper move out of Mogadishu and into Al Shabab's heartland. 24 May 2012.

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Somalia: Routing Al-Shabab 09
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
22 May 2012

Dead Al Shabaab fighter in the bush during Operation Free Shabelle to take the town of Afgoye on 23 May 2011.

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Somalia: Routing Al-Shabab 01
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
26 Mar 2012

Here a Somali warlord-turned-general relaxes with his entourage at a divisional HQ in Mogadishu on 26 March 2012. The Somali National Army was still in its infancy when the anti-Al-Shabab offensive began. The Army was initially comprised of little more than four pro-government clan militias loosely working together.

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
01 Jan 2012

The Somali National Army - A far cry from the Somali Army of the Cold War often referred to as the Lion of Africa - has slowly emerged from the civil war as a somewhat coherent fighting force in the past few years capable of supporting and participating in various AMISOM offensives. When AMISOM deployed in Somalia in the spring of 2007 the Somali National Army was little more than clan militias loosely bound together with the aim of countering the threat of Al Shabaab and protect and preserve the Transitional Federal Government and its institutions. Since Al Shabaab in the autumn of 2010 tried and failed in the attempt to push the Transitional Federal Government and AMISOM into the sea, the Somali National Army has slowly evolved into the present fighting force capable of fighting Al Shabaab on their own terms. The development has been hampered by clan interests, lack of weaponry and training, but international efforts and an acceptance of common goals among the contributing clans have by now established it as a major actor in the rebuilding of the Somali State, but the road has been long and ardous.

The present compilation of pictures depicts the Somali National Army from training via deployment in the capital to actual participating in combat and the possible outcome.  

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Somalia: Routing Al-Shabab 03
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
18 Nov 2011

The Somali Army soldiers were underfed, undertrained, under-equipped and often addicted to khat/mirra. Here a Somali soldier high on khat rests at a battalion HQ on the eastern frontline in Mogadishu on 18 November 2011.

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Somalia: Routing Al-Shabab 02
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
17 Nov 2011

Two widows of killed Somali Army soldiers collect the salary of their dead husbands in Mogadishu, on 17 November 2011. The Somali army, under-equipped and undertrained, took part in the fighting, losing thousands of soldiers in the process.

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
15 Oct 2011

Somali National Army pick up truck with a 12.7mm Duskha heavy machine gun mounted on the back.

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
15 Oct 2011

Somali National Army soldiers sit the back of pick up truck in the midst of a battle with al-Shabab.

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
10 Oct 2011

Somali Army soldiers pile on the back of a pick up truck during the battle for the Pasta Factory in Mogadishu.

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
10 Oct 2011

Somali soldiers and female khat suppliers wait to get paid.

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
10 Oct 2011

Somali soldiers at the Coca Cola Factory in Mogadishu. The soldiers are in the midst of a battle to capture the factory.

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Somalia: Routing Al-Shabab 02
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
05 Oct 2011

Ugandan soldiers play checkers with bottle caps in a semi-destroyed building at the eastern part of Mogadishu on 5 October 2011. The Ugandan People's Defense Forces took heavy casualties in the hard fighting as they forced Al Shabaab out of the Somali capital.

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
05 Oct 2011

Somali National Army soldiers with their weapons wait to receive their pay in Mogadishu.

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
05 Oct 2011

Somali National Army soldiers and their heavy weaponry on the main street of Mogadishu.

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
28 Sep 2011

Decades of fighting in Somalia has left a high number of amputees to end for themselves.

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Somalia: Routing Al-Shabab 10
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
29 Jul 2011

An Al Shabaab sniper fires at a Ugandan soldier as he crosses an open area on the frontline during the battle of Bakara Market in Mogadishu on 29 July 2011. Notice the bullet hitting the ground right behind the running soldier.

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Herbal High (11 of 18)
Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
17 Jun 2011

Eastleigh is a densely populated Somali neighbourhood in Nairobi, Kenya. It is an economic hub for cheap goods and rumored to be a safe haven for militia group Al Shabaab, whose activities have been funded by the khat trade. Khat is a a leafy stimulant native to the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. In these areas, khat chewing has a long history as a social custom dating back thousands of years. Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. June, 2011.