Somalis on the beach in Mogadishu
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Somalis return to Mogadishu beaches

25 October 2011 Last updated at 21:42 BST

For the first time in years residents of the Somali capital Mogadishu are able to enjoy the beaches after militants withdrew from the city.

Somalia has experienced almost constant conflict since the collapse of its central government in 1991.

The Islamist insurgent group al-Shabab, which has links to al-Qaeda, controls most southern and central areas, while the UN-backed government only runs the capital, Mogadishu, and a few small areas.

Ghada Nassef reports.