OUT&ABOUT: Fact fishing in Kismayo

A section of Kismayo beach. Below: Inside the Kismayo fish market. PHOTO| JOHN FOX

What you need to know:

  • Mind you, the Mecca Hotel is well away from the bustle of the town.
  • Its rooms are air-conditioned and the beds are wide and comfortable; there is a cooling breeze from the nearby sea; Ally, the manager, is an attentive, diligent and welcoming host.
  • There is no other place like it in Kismayo. Staying there, you get the distortions that come with any kind of privilege.

“Where are you going next week?” a friend asked me.


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