Hired guns

MERKA - Like all fathers, Mahmoud Farah wants a better life for his son, but unlike most, the only way he can get it is by working as a gun-for-hire in Somalia's civil war.

MERKA - Like all fathers, Mahmoud Farah wants a better life for his son, but unlike most, the only way he can get it is by working as a gun-for-hire in Somalia's civil war.

After nearly two decades of civil war and anarchy, the best job the 40-year-old former waiter can hope for is guarding food shipments with his battered rifle.

Until diplomats can come up with a better future for men like Farah, stability will have few attractions for tens of thousands of gunmen. - Sapa-AP

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