After two decades of civil conflict, Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, has been witnessing stability for more than a year. With this newfound peace, they city’s inhabitants celebration of Eid-al-Fitr this year was even more special.
After Eid prayers, children and adults rushed to the streets and brought joy to celebrations that had been absent for several years due to clashes and security tensions.
Here, in the center of the capital, elder and younger members of the “Fakih” family are marching to celebrate the Eid in their own special way. Popular dances and songs reflect the joyous ambiance in this region after several year of sorrow.
"It is a great day. The ambiance of Eid is very beautiful this year and we hope that the joy and happiness will reach everybody," said a Mogadishu resident.
The political changes in the country towards a permanent government and the expectation of the first new parliamentary elections colored the celebrations of the Somali people, who had suffered for years.
"The celebrations of the Eid this year are doubled. We are celebrating Eid-al-Fitr and the elections of new parliament members. We hope that Somalia moves from the cycle of war into a permanent and fair regime that embraces everybody," said Mohammad Bin Ali, Sheikh of Fakih family.
The children of Mogadishu also enjoyed the Eid celebrations. With the absence of playgrounds in a city decimated by war, young men have built homemade swing sets in the streets for the fun of the young residents.
In this celebratory atmosphere, Mogadishu is looking forward to a brighter future, with upcoming parliamentary elections and the end of two decades of war.