Short trip to the brown, barren hills of Puntland

A village on the main road to Garowe, capital of the semi-autonomous state of Puntland. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • For almost three hours on the flight to Garowe, you fly over an arid land — repetitive patchworks of sombre browns and yellows.
  • It has a stark beauty but it is also a very harsh terrain.
  • Even if the security situation allowed it, I don’t think I would relish a drive across that dry and pockmarked wilderness.

In colonial times, the old Africa hands used to talk of MMBA — "miles and miles of bloody Africa".

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