Good News: Mogadishu is losing ‘Most Dangerous City’ label; Bad News: Chicago ready to claim it

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 at 8:20 am

I guess they’re running out of people to kill.

Mogadishu is losing a label it never wanted in the first place: The World’s Most Dangerous City.

The seaside Somali capital is enjoying a peace that, except for the infrequent attack, has lasted the better part of a year. Somalis who fled decades of war are coming back, as are U.N. workers who long operated out of Nairobi, the capital of neighboring Kenya.

Embassies are reopening and a U.S. assistant secretary of state visited here on Sunday, the highest-ranking U.S. official to set foot in Mogadishu since the infamous Black Hawk Down battle of 1993.

Minnesota resident Abdikhafar Abubakar fled Somalia in 1992, leaving behind his mother, three siblings and other family members. He planned to visit twice in previous years, but each time his mother warned it was too dangerous.

Last week, he finally returned to Mogadishu, where he saw his mother for the first time in two decades. This time she said it was safe and she welcomed him home with tears of joy. He later walked the streets with his brother.

“One thing I could say about Mogadishu as the most dangerous city in the world: I’ve been here one week and I never felt any danger,” Abubakar said. “When I was out walking around, I wasn’t scared. There was nothing to be scared of.”

Meanwhile, in the president’s hometown and campaign headquarters it’s been a bloodbath of late.  No wonder the Obamas rarely visit any more. This would make an interesting campaign angle for the media. You know, if they were interested.

Tags: ,

6 Responses to “Good News: Mogadishu is losing ‘Most Dangerous City’ label; Bad News: Chicago ready to claim it”

  1. T on 13/13/12 at 10:47 am

    Most Dangerous City – Is that calculated by “Gross Danger” or “Danger per capita”?

  2. drjohn on 13/13/12 at 11:28 am

    Well, no wonder Morning Joe was pumping up Chicago and the Emanuel brothers this week. It was but another distraction to take your mind off the murder capital of the country.

  3. Llarry on 13/13/12 at 4:50 pm

    They’re not “running out of people to kill”; the African Union troops have defeated al Shabaab by killing them in large numbers and showing great expertise, courage, and ruthlessness.

    The entire Somali war has flown under the radar of the mainstream media, which allows the AU troops to fight the sort of war we can only dream of.

    The final nail in the coffin of al Shabaab was the deployment of D Company of the Kenyan 20th Parachute Battalion, which by all accounts is the equal of any American, British, or Israeli special-operations force. They targeted the facilitators, gun runners, financiers, and local commanders of al Shabaab, killing them without mercy.

    That’s what won the war.

  4. pms515 on 14/14/12 at 2:23 am

    As a former Chicagoan I just want to ahare this According to the FBI: This is the homocide rate in Chi-town

    1990: 851
    1991: 927
    1992: 943
    1993: 931
    1994: 929
    1995: 827
    1996: 789
    1997: 759
    1998: 704
    1999: 641
    2000: 628
    2001: 666
    2002: 647
    2003: 598
    2004: 448
    2005: 449
    2006: 467
    2007: 442
    2008: 510
    2009: 458
    2010: 449
    2011: 440