For 4 months in 1983 I worked in Somalia for a British company contracted by the Somali government to survey the vegetation of the southern region of the country. I worked with other biologist from England, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada along with Somalis who assisted us. At this time Somalia was relatively stable, although still officially at war with Ethiopia. I never imagined at that time what would befall the country years later when civil war and famine would bring horrible suffering to its people and destruction to many of the small towns we passed through and its capital Mogadishu.
These photographs were taken during the 2 to 3 week long safaris we went on to collect plants.