National Geographic : 2009 Sep
• LIFE IN A LAWLESS LAND A man pierced by shrapnel from a mortar strike near a mosque joins the scores of wounded who arrive almost daily at Medina Hospital (top right). Since early 2007 Mogadishu has lost more than half its population, as civilians flee fighting between the government and insurgents. Many of the roughly 750,000 people who remain are the poorest of the poor, like the mother and baby sheltering under a bullet-ridden truck at a feeding center (bottom right). Jobless, often homeless, faced with soaring food prices, they survive on humanitarian relief. On the shore children still play, and fishermen drop anchor nearby, but the hulks of derelict hotels (below) stand vacant.