Somalis leave the good life in Britain to rebuild Mogadishu

The Times of London
Mogadishu, Somalia

Gunfire and explosions punctuate the day in Mogadishu (Jack Hill for The Times)
Gunfire and explosions punctuate the day in Mogadishu (Jack Hill for The Times)

Next to Finsbury Park station in North London, the city where his six children grew up, is Mohamed Nur’s small internet café. His wife of 30 years lives in the family home in nearby Gospel Oak, where their seven grandchildren often visit.

All of this is a world away now for Mr Nur because he is back in his home town of Mogadishu, and mayor of the world’s most dangerous city. Like many other Somalis Mr Nur, 55, has left a comfortable life of exile in Britain for the bullet-riddled and rubble-strewn streets of the Somali capital where he hopes to play a part in rebuilding his country. Continue reading Somalis leave the good life in Britain to rebuild Mogadishu

Serengeti highway ‘will bring migration of wildebeest to dead end’

The Times of London
Nairobi, Kenya

Wildebeest crossing a river in the Serengeti(Burrard-Lucas/Barcroft Media)
Wildebeest crossing a river in the Serengeti
(Burrard-Lucas/Barcroft Media)

The world’s biggest migration, in which almost two million animals stampede through the grass plains of the Serengeti in search of fresh grazing, is threatened by proposals to build a highway across their path.

Tanzania plans to build a 33-mile (53km) two-lane commercial highway through a narrow stretch of the Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site famed for its pristine environment and spectacular annual migration. Continue reading Serengeti highway ‘will bring migration of wildebeest to dead end’