- a seaport in and the capital of Somalia, in the S part.
Italian Mo·ga·di·scio [maw-gah-dee-shaw] /ˌmɔ gɑˈdi ʃɔ/.
- an independent republic on the E coast of Africa, formed from the former British Somaliland and the former Italian Somaliland. 246,198 sq. mi. (637,653 sq. km). Capital: Mogadishu.
Official name Somali Democratic Republic.
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Examples from the Web for mogadishu
For the first seven years of his life, Abdi grew up, "loving the ocean," in Mogadishu.Barkhad Abdi: From Limo Driver to Oscar Contender
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When news of the smuggled skulls broke over the wires early last November a Tweeter from Mogadishu replied: Shhh keep it quiet!Burundi’s Black Market Skull Trade
January 26, 2014
Cases are starting to decline, especially in the area around Mogadishu where the outbreak began.A Dread Disease Spreads in Syria
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The warriors who fought in Mogadishu in some ways care about the politics in a more profound and visceral way than anyone else.
There was enormous heroism, valor, and tragedy in Mogadishu.
- the capital and chief port of Somalia, on the Indian Ocean: founded by Arabs around the 10th century; taken by the Sultan of Zanzibar in 1871 and sold to Italy in 1905. Pop: 1 257 000 (2005 est)Local spelling: Muqdisho Italian name: Mogadiscio (ˌmɒɡəˈdɪʃɪˌəʊ-ˈdɪʃəʊ)
- a republic in NE Africa, on the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden: the north became a British protectorate in 1884; the east and south were established as an Italian protectorate in 1889; gained independence and united as Somalia (or the Somali Republic) in 1960. In 1991 the former British Somaliland region in the north unilaterally declared itself independent as the Republic of Somaliland, and Puntland and other areas are also operating effectively as separate states, but this has not been recognized officially. Official languages: Arabic and Somali. Official religion: (Sunni) Muslim. Currency: Somali shilling. Capital: Mogadishu. Pop: 10 251 568 (2013 est). Area: 637 541 sq km (246 154 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for mogadishu
city in Somalia, from Arabic mukaddas "holy."
country named for the indigenous Somali people, whose name (attested in English by 1814) is of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Civil war and famine have recently ravaged the country. In 1992, the United States embarked on a humanitarian intervention designed to ensure delivery of food supplies to the population. After American troops were drawn into a conflict between local warlords and suffered casualties, the United States withdrew from Somalia in 1994. The country currently lacks any central government.
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