In this week’s issue of the magazine, Xan Rice writes about the Somali chef and restaurant owner Ahmed Jama, whose restaurant, the Village, in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, was attacked by the Islamist extremist group the Shabaab on September 7th (subscription required): http://nyr.kr/15TQW40
The South Africa-based photographer Jonathan Torgovnik travelled to Mogadishu in June to photograph Jama, his restaurants, and the scarred, resilient city. A look at the photos: http://nyr.kr/1gWgTBo
Top: Ahmed Jama near Mogadishu’s fish market, where he makes daily purchases for his restaurants. Behind him are the ruins of a hotel.
Bottom: Jama surveys the fish market’s selection. “The mess always makes me want to run away,” he said. “But the fish is fresh.”