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Monday, October 6, 2008

Dead City

posted by on October 6 at 11:59 AM

The skeletons of buildings:

The bombed-out buildings are shocking enough.

There are street after ruined street of them in the centre of Mogadishu.

Some have been reduced by shellfire to rubble. Others retain a building-like shape - the rough skeletons of once-ornate Italian colonial apartment blocks or shopping arcades.

But the really eerie side to many parts of Mogadishu is the lack of people

It’s not as rubble but as “rough skeletons” that we can see the actual death of a building. Like a pile of ash (of papers, a body, leaves), rubble is itself and not what it was (a house, a dam, a statue). The sum: for the death of a thing to be seen as a death, it must retain some of its living form: “the once-ornate Italian colonial apartment block.”

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note that the rubble has been scavenged.

Posted by max solomon | October 6, 2008 12:09 PM

Can anyone share pictures of what it looked like before?

Posted by MEC | October 6, 2008 12:10 PM

American's can stop and look at what they've done to Iraq. Hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands upon thousands of lives. We simply cannot bully the world this way.

Posted by Vince | October 6, 2008 1:33 PM
Posted by Cascadian | October 6, 2008 3:41 PM

The international communities and the media, they love to talk about the genocide in Darfur cuz is ordered by the Sudanise government, while the genocide and the displacement of millions of people and the total distruction of mogadishu is ordered by Bush. This is the killing fields of Bush and no one dares to talk about it.

Posted by rashid | October 6, 2008 8:08 PM

The comments to that video show why it now looks the way it does.

Posted by Donolectic | October 7, 2008 8:26 AM

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