Women adorned in Somali flags celebrate Somalia's Independence Day at Konis stadium in Mogadishu on July 1. Today's celebrations mark 53 years since the Southern regions of Somalia gained independence from Italy and joined with the Northern region of Somaliland to create Somalia. AU UN IST PHOTO / TOBIN JONES.
One consequence of Somalia's two decades of civil war has been low rates of literacy across the country. In order to overcome this hurdle, many shops now paint the products they sell onto their walls in order to make it easier for anyone to see what is inside. The result is thousands of brightly coloured shops across Mogadishu and evidence of the city's burgeoning economy. AU-UN IST PHOTO / TOBIN JONES.