From strife to revival: Somalia’s capital holds marathon

Dozens of residents put on their running shoes today in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, taking part in the city’s second mini-marathon ahead of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace tomorrow.

The race, which took place on some of Mogadishu’s main roads, is aimed at promoting peace and unity among Somali youth.

Abdinur Garaad fromf Kaaraan District won the race.

Sport is acknowledged by the United Nations as a tool for social progress, that can be used to inspire youth to engage in peace-building and development activities in countries that have experienced conflict such as Somalia.

In 2013, the United Nations set aside 6 April as the date to mark the International Day, which aims to promote goodwill and positive social outcomes through sports achievements.

Today, Mogadishu is in the midst of an economic revival, driven by a building boom, new international airline routes, rising trade out of the city’s port, and renewed hope in a new, more promising era.