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August 19, 2009
"Little Mogadishu"
NAIROBI, KENYA - Getty Images photographer, Spencer Platt, brings us images from Eastleigh, a Somali nieghborhood in Nairobi, Kenya. Referred to locally as "Little Mogadishu", Eastleigh is home to thousands of Somalis who have fled war-ravaged Somalia in recent years. Somalia has been ravaged by violence and anarchy since warlords overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, then turned on each other. Islamist insurgents are trying to topple the Western-backed government and install a strict Islamic state. (17 images)

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A woman stands on a street corner in Eastleigh, a predominantly Muslim Somali neighborhood on August 18, in Nairobi, Kenya. More than 300,000 refugees have left Somalia and have headed to neighboring Kenya, with most residing in the overcrowded Kenyan camps of Dadaab. Kenyan officials and western security services are becoming increasingly concerned that radical Islamists, specifically members of Al-Shabaab, are also settling in the Eastleigh neighborhood where they could use it as a base to plan future attacks throughout the Horn of Africa. Getty Images / Spencer Platt


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A woman walks down the street in Eastleigh, a predominantly Muslim Somali neighborhood on August 18, in Nairobi, Kenya. Getty Images / Spencer Platt



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A woman walks down the street in Eastleigh, a predominantly Muslim Somali neighborhood on August 18, in Nairobi, Kenya. Getty Images / Spencer Platt



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A disabled man begs for money in Eastleigh, a predominantly Muslim Somali neighborhood on August 18, in Nairobi, Kenya. Referred to locally as "Little Mogadishu, Eastleigh is home to thousands of Somalis who have fled war-ravaged Somalia in recent years. Getty Images / Spencer Platt



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A woman walks down the street in Eastleigh, a predominantly Muslim Somali neighborhood on August 18, in Nairobi, Kenya. Getty Images / Spencer Platt



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People shop at a street market in Eastleigh. Getty Images / Spencer Platt



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People walk down a market street in Eastleigh. Getty Images / Spencer Platt



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People walk down a market street in Eastleigh, a predominantly Muslim Somali neighborhood on August 18. Getty Images / Spencer Platt



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A man relaxes in a market in Eastleigh. Getty Images / Spencer Platt



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Men work at a construction site in Eastleigh. Getty Images / Spencer Platt



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A man stands in the street with a graphic shirt in Eastleigh. Getty Images / Spencer Platt



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A woman shops in a market in Eastleigh. Getty Images / Spencer Platt



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A man helps a woman walk down a market street in Eastleigh. Getty Images / Spencer Platt



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A woman sells goods along a street in Eastleigh. Getty Images / Spencer Platt



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A girl stands in front of a shop in Eastleigh. Getty Images / Spencer Platt



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A woman stands beside a mural along the street in Eastleigh. Getty Images / Spencer Platt



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A woman walks down the street in Eastleigh. Getty Images / Spencer Platt



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