Cape Town - Think Black Hawk Down, think blood and war, murder and famine... Yes, you've guessed it, we're talking about Somalia, right?
Que Ugaaso Abukar Boocow (pictured below), a 27-year-old Somalian woman who snaps the most incredible pics from her home town of Mogadishu, posts them to Instagram, and changes the way in which the world sees Somalia.
It's no wonder then that Boocow, @ugaasadda, has over 72 million Instagram followers (and growing), seeing her take on this beautiful country right on the horn of Africa.
Boocow was born in Mogadishu, but fled to Canada with her grandmother when she was two years old to escape civil war in the country, reports Daily Mail. She returned o Mogadishu in 2014 to live with her mother, and now works as a civil servant in the Somalian capital.
Here are some of her photos of everyday life on the shores of this warm, equatorial country... be sure to read the captions on her photographs:
(and take note how clean the streets are...)
Somewhere between psychotic and iconic ?? The famous Mogadishian theatre Il Teatro Nazionale where everybody's parents fell in love lol #nostalgia #goodvibesonly #showthistoyourparents #memorylane #bruh #wheniwaslittleiwantedtobeanactress #theaterlover #xamar #mogadishu #italy #italian #somalia #africa #viewsfromthe252
I hope you don't fall. That's you on the ceiling ?? These are the Safari Apartments in the Hodan District of Mogadishu, an unprecedented multi-million-dollar structure amid the exquisite ruins of war. That's a come-up baby don't you EVER forget it. The Safari Apartments, the first and tallest apartment building(s) in Somalia is now set to re-write laws because Somalia's Property Law doesn't have a clause concerning the rights of individuals over the buying, selling, and leasing of apartments. #historyinthemaking #thetimeisnow #niggawemadeit #engineering #construction #viewsfromthe252 #xamar #mogadishu #somalia #africa
A few years ago my incredible cousin @adanyaree took this staggeringly ethereal photo of Liido Beach from behind the exquisite ruins of a dilapidated building. Right now this very building is being built from the bottom. A bitter-sweet moment: swapping these stunning ruins for current construction projects ??: Adam A. Omar #startedfromthebottom #jiirowacbuudhan #viewsfromthe252 #liidobeach #xamar #mogadishu #somalia #africa