Earlier this year, President Trump declared parts of Somalia a warzone. Since then, the U.S. has conducted dozens of drone strikes trying to stop a ruthless terrorist group that’s killed hundreds.
CBS News’ Deborah Patta filed this reporter’s notebook from Mogadishu.
A brutal civil war followed by‘s bombing campaign has left a city in ruins. Despite this, there is a semblance of normality in parts of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.
What you don’t see — because CBS News was not allowed to film there — are the roadblocks on almost every street manned either by government security forces, clan militia or private guards.
Filming in Mogadishu is still difficult: There are roadblocks everywhere, and CBS News crews were always surrounded by armed police and even arrested on one occasion.
The arrest lasted only five hours but underscores the point that even with official permission and all the right documentation – Somalia is unpredictable.