Peace and war in Mogadishu

Preceded by a pick-up truck with four armed guards sitting on the back, we negotiated the zigzag of checkpoints and barricades of the short distance to the hotel. PHOTO| JOHN FOX

What you need to know:

  • Hassan didn’t give me his usual security briefing because I had been through it before and I know my way around the hotel. But with a lot of pride he showed me the new displays in the operations room.
  • On one wall there are the CCTV screens showing what is going on in the nearby streets.

Bashir calls his hotel in Mogadishu “Peace”. He might as well have called it “War”. Almost everything about it is designed to counteract the violence that too often goes on outside its blast-proof walls.

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