"Timing is everything." The tired trope ran true again this week, as the New York Times learned after publishing an upbeat account titled "A Taste of Hope in Somalia's Battered Capital" -- only to have a suicide bomber attack a gathering of Somali officials a few hours later.
After 20 years of violence, Mogadishu remains the most dangerous city in the world. But as Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali writes in Foreign Policy, its inhabitants continue to fight for a better Somalia, despite the dangers. Here's a look at the streets of their city.
Above, a woman stands holding the Somali flag as she waits to welcome back Prime Minister Ali at Mogadishu's Aden Adde International Airport on March 11, 2012. The Somali prime minister was visiting Kenya on March 10 to hold talks with government officials about how the two countries could fight al Qaeda-linked militants of the Somali group al-Shabab.
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