Somalis dancing at the Unknown Soldier square in Mogadishu
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Traditional folk dancing breathes new life into Mogadishu

For many years life in the Somali capital Mogadishu was one of restrictions.

Music and dancing were banned under strict Sharia law imposed by the militant Islamist group al-Shabab.

They controlled the Somali capital from 2009 until they were driven out 3 years ago.

Now, people in Mogadishu are using one of the city's most famous squares for a weekly gathering which is breathing new life into their folk dance traditions.

Hadya Alalawi reports.

Video produced by BBC Arabic's Ali Hilani

  • 04 Apr 2014
  • From the section Africa
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