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Mogadishu is losing 'Most Dangerous City' label

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In this photo taken Friday, June 8, 2012, Abdikhafar Abubakar prepares to board a plane back to Minneapolis after returning to Mogadishu to visit his mother for the first time in decades, at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia. (AP Photo/Jason Straziuso) In this photo taken Friday, June 8, 2012, Abdikhafar Abubakar prepares to board a plane back to Minneapolis after returning to Mogadishu to visit his mother for the first time in decades, at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia. (AP Photo/Jason Straziuso)

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Mogadishu is losing a label it never wanted in the first place: The World's Most Dangerous City.

The seaside Somali capital is enjoying a peace that, except for the infrequent attack, has lasted nearly a year. Somalis who fled decades of war are coming back, as are U.N. workers who long operated out of Nairobi, Kenya.

Minnesota resident Abdikhafar Abubakar fled Somalia in 1992, leaving behind his mother, three siblings and other family members. He planned to visit twice in previous years, but each time his mother warned it was too dangerous.

Last week, he finally returned to Mogadishu, where he saw his mother for the first time in two decades.

He later walked the streets with his brother and said he never felt any danger.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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