Stories from Mogadishu


In the last few months, my most interesting experiences have had to do with Somalia. For most people, interesting would not be used to describe Somalia. Maybe I have a dry sense of humour or I need interesting things in my life since I find Somalia quite interesting.

You see, I was back again in Mogadishu and for some reason the guys at immigration were not sure I should be allowed in and took two hours to make this decision. And even then, forgot to stamp my passport and so for about 30 minutes, I was an undocumented alien in Mogadishu.

The insecurity situation in Somalia should end. We spent two days in Mogadishu because we couldn’t find a flight that would take us 90km out. A 18 fucking minutes flight. Next time I will strike a deal with AMISOM to give me a ride in their tanks. Keep it here for future stories.

So we were in this plane where I think the wear a seatbelt is a mockery. Either there were no seatbelts or there were many of us and so no one bothered with them. Good interesting life..

What I find annoying is dealing with uncertainty. And no, it has nothing to do with security. I have before mentioned their concept of time. So imagine a situation when you can’t tell that a scheduled flight will actually be available. I was in a situation like this for two days and eventually flew to a beautiful green town which was wet and hot or is it hot and wet.

Anyway, I am back to NBI, where unless the clueless governor does something stupid, which is his wont, then life is pretty much regular.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

17 thoughts on “Stories from Mogadishu

  1. Swarn Gill says:

    Research shows a correlation between the strength of an economy and the society’s attitude towards time. Generally the stronger the economy the more they watch the clock. Urban people are also more clock watchers than rural people. I don’t know that either attitude makes anybody happier, and certainly doesn’t make a person happy when their cultural attitudes towards time clash with their surroundings. Being too time conscious can actually be very stressful and definitely leads to less happiness. I would have been super frustrated as well. lol
    Also the world you are looking for to replace hot and wet is sultry. You’re welcome. I learned that from an old movie called Throw Mama From The Train. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. jim- says:

    Think I’ll stay out. I don’t believe Mogadishu would end well for me.
    Somalia – Level 4: Do Not Travel. Do not travel to Somalia due to crime, terrorism, and piracy. … The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Somalia due to the lack of permanent consular presence in Somalia.

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  3. shelldigger says:

    I’m glad you got through that and all is well.

    Going back anytime soon? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. john zande says:

    And those, good sir, are the stories you’re going to remember.

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  5. Eric Alagan says:

    Undocumented alien. Hmmm.

    Perhaps Somalia should build a wall and make Kenya pay for it.

    “Make Somalia Great Again!”

    ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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