The first stage of the project covers two and half kilometres in Mogadishu.
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Mogadishu's first solar-powered street lamps

29 October 2012 Last updated at 12:15 GMT

After two decades of civil war, and being in darkness, one street in the Somali capital Mogadishu - the famous Mecca Mukarama Avenue, has been illuminated.

The lighting system donated by the Norwegian government uses power from solar panels on lamp posts.

Murad Shishani reports.

Video produced by BBC Arabic's Ali Halane.