Saturday, February 9, 2008

Somalia: The World's forgotten catastrophe "Khalid Abdullahi lives down a winding dusty track, among cactus trees and chickens pecking at the rubbish piled up against rusting corrugated iron walls. In this anonymous corner of Mogadishu, a city destroyed a dozen times over in the past 17 years, he shares a dirt-floored shack with more than 20 brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, a niece and nephews.

Khalid was nine the day his father died in 1993. 'We were sitting here in this room when we heard a big noise,' he says. The 'big noise' was the sound of an American Black Hawk helicopter being shot down and crashing into Khalid's house."