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  • The elite hotel on Mogadishu's beachfront is now an idyllic hang out, but as recently as August, it was victim to an attack by the Islamist group Al Shabaab.

  • A car bomb blew out the window and destroyed part of the perimeter wall.

  • Attackers stormed the building, setting off grenades and shooting their way through rooms and staircases.

  • But that didn't stop former Minister Mohamed Abdullahi nor from rebuilding and expanding.

  • E believe I am right to rebuild even if another attack happens the following day.

  • To stop rebuilding as a fear of what may happen in the future means to give up on business.

  • I am determined to reinvest and reconstruct because it brings me satisfaction, job creation on benefits.

  • Al Shabaab, which is allied with Al Qaeda, has been fighting to topple the Somali government for more than 10 years.

  • The militants have frequently targeted hotels, restaurants and cafes in Mogadishu, which are often filled by the political and security elite.

  • The main challenge for businesses in Mogadishu is security.

  • Many hotels in Somalia, particularly in Mogadishu, do not work now for two reasons.

  • Either they were bombed several times and gave up on rebuilding and so the business collapsed or others are simply unable to make profits because the country is not peaceful.

  • Nor, told Reuters he had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on reconstructing and repairing the hotel that cost him $2 million to build just a month after the attack, and customers were back in the five story hotel, enjoying seafood and cappuccinos and taking in views of the ocean.

The elite hotel on Mogadishu's beachfront is now an idyllic hang out, but as recently as August, it was victim to an attack by the Islamist group Al Shabaab.

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Somali hotel rebuilt after bombing

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/24
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