|Streets of Mogadishu today. Image: Sahelblog.wordpress.com|
Somalia has been devastated by a brutal civil conflict for almost 20 years. Therefore, when Bown entered into the Mogadishu airport immigration check and described himself as a tourist, the officials couldn't believe their ears. According to the Agence France Presse (AFP) report they thought "Bown was either mad or a spy".
|Militia patrolling the streets of Mogadishu. Image: IANSA.org|
a place where no foreigner can survive very long without heavy protection, but Bown said he had hoped to see Somalia’s beaches and landscapes.
“They tried four times to put me back on the plane to get rid of me but I shouted and played tricks until the plane left without me,” told Bown to the AFP reporter. Bown explained he knew the risk and he already travelled to Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Bown stayed two days at a heavily-guarded hotel. After he left Mogadishu he posted on his Facebook page pictures of himself in Mogadishu holding an assault rifle or a rocket-propelled grenade.