Tourism Takes Off in Somalia

Somalia Gets a Tourist, Mogadishu Officials Are Baffled: This is not an Onion article.

“We have never seen people like this man,” Omar Mohamed, one of the officials, told the AFP. “He said he was a tourist, we couldn’t believe him. But later on we found he was serious. That makes him the first person to come to Mogadishu only for tourism.” [...]

Bown managed to spend time in the dangerous capital (only within the gates of his heavily guarded hotel), though he said that it took a bit of finagling to actually get past the dubious officials at the airport.

“They tried four times to put me back on the plane to get rid of me but I shouted and played tricks until the plane left without me,” he said.