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Mogadishu's Al-Uruba Hotel

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Many of Somalia's finest examples of classic Italian architecture were destroyed during the war. (P. Heinlein/VOA)
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Many of Somalia's finest examples of classic Italian architecture were destroyed during the war. (P. Heinlein/VOA)

The al-Uruba Hotel was once a jewel of the Mogadishu waterfront district. (P. Heinlein/VOA)
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The al-Uruba Hotel was once a jewel of the Mogadishu waterfront district. (P. Heinlein/VOA)

Soldiers who now occupy the shell of the building have the advantage of enjoying the cool breeze coming in off the ocean. (P. Heinlein/VOA)
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Soldiers who now occupy the shell of the building have the advantage of enjoying the cool breeze coming in off the ocean. (P. Heinlein/VOA)

Every inch of the once-grand hotel complex has been destroyed. (P. Heinlein/VOA)
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Every inch of the once-grand hotel complex has been destroyed. (P. Heinlein/VOA)

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