The brighter side of Somalia: Woman’s pictures of stunning beaches and children playing happily in the sea attract 68,000 Instagram fans

May 1, 2015 7:18 pm 0 comments Views:

The mere mention of Somalia elicits images of poverty or violent conflict for most people who have never travelled to the nation in the Horn of Africa.

Their only exposure tends to be upsetting scenes on their television screens or negative stories in the newspaper, but its people are using the power of social media to show their homeland in a positive light.

One of the brightest stars, Ugaaso Abukar Boocow, has become a celebrity on Instagram, where she is trying to change people’s perceptions with photos and videos that reveal a side of Somalia that most people have never seen.

With nearly 70,000 followers, Ugaaso Abukar Boocow (pictured) has become a celebrity on Instagram

With nearly 70,000 followers, Ugaaso Abukar Boocow (pictured) has become a celebrity on Instagram

The 27-year-old is trying to change people's perceptions of Somalia with her photos of everyday life

The 27-year-old is trying to change people’s perceptions of Somalia with her photos of everyday life

Ugaaso Abukar Boocow's show a side of Somalia that most people would never discover on their own

Ugaaso Abukar Boocow’s show a side of Somalia that most people would never discover on their own

This photo shows the ruins of a building along the Indian Ocean's picturesque coast

This photo shows the ruins of a building along the Indian Ocean’s picturesque coast

Ugaaso posted this vid of Somalian boys singing and playing

With 68,000 followers, Ugaaso’s Instagram feed is a mixture of selfies, snapshots of daily life and Somali traditions, and humorous photos or videos.

The 27-year-old’s followers and others who stumble upon her posts are surprised to see pictures that showcase peaceful scenes, happy faces and stunning beauty spots, including the blue waters of the Indian Ocean and white-sand beaches.

 

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