I went to Mogadishu, Somalia to document the Gift of the Givers Foundation (GOTG) 2nd mercy mission to this city. It is hard to believe a place this colourful and friendly was ravaged by war for 20 years. The scars of war are still visible all over the city but people are slowly returning to normal life in very difficult circumstances.
People are still fleeing to the city from drought, famine and conflict and living in very poor conditions in several IDP camps that have sprung up all over the city. There is often no food, water or medical assistance. Children die from mal-nutrition, dehydration and measles.
Despite the all the hardships there is signs of hope everywhere. Owners are painting their shop fronts, people moving back into and restoring their houses, children playing in the streets and people moving about with the general business of life. GOTG assisted this process by providing basic medical services and even performing operations to people who had little hope of receiving this care from anyone else.