I want to share with you my vision of daily life in Somalia since 1991. I was born and grown in Mogadishu, Somalia. I was four years old when the Somali government collapsed in 1991, forcing me to grow in the context of a civil war and its chaotic situation. While I was photographing Somalia’s life, I lost many colleagues that were also trying to cover those events. I’m still alive, though I’m not happy about it and I regret having to report those horrible things. Sometimes, one cannot sleep after seeing innocent people dying. I then tell myself: “Wake up Mohamed; you have to photograph what’s happening in your country and show it to the rest of the world”.
Mohamed Abdiwahab was born in 1987 in Mogadishu, Somalia, which he still calls “home”. After completing high school, he attends a correspondence course and learns on the job, working with local journalists. His career begins with a local newspaper in Mogadishu at 15. In 2011, he starts working with Agence France Presse (AFP), as a freelance photographer, covering the quite dangerous Somalia.