When Jibril Afyare arrived in Mogadishu from Minnesota, just two weeks ago, the atmosphere was one of hope.
“I saw a Somalia [that] had made a lot of tremendous progress in terms of security, the economy, education,” Afyare said. “Everywhere you go, people were jubilant and optimistic.”
Afyare was in the car, on the way to meet his relatives, when Saturday’s explosion happened.
“I was at a place called kilometer 4,” he said. “Where the attack had taken place was kilometer 5.”
The family he was to meet — his uncle, aunt and cousins — did not survive.