In pictures: Somali rappers risk lives for peace

Updated 6:38 AM ET, Thu March 28, 2013
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Waayaha Cusub is a hip-hop group famous for its lyrics attacking Somali warlords. The collective has embarked on a major tour aimed at promoting peace and rallying youth to resist extremism. Daniel J Gerstle
Formed nearly a decade ago, the group is composed of Somali musicians who moved to Kenya to escape the conflict in their country. Daniel J Gerstle
Amongst them is singer Falis Abdi, one of the most famous voices of modern Somali music and wife of fellow Waayaha Cusub singer Shiine Akhyaar Ali. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images/file
Waayaha Cusub's mixture of hip-hop, Afrobeat and R&B has struck a chord with youth in East Africa. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images/file
Somalia plunged into chaos after dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991. Following his ouster, clan warlords and militants battled for control, sparking a civil war. DAVID CHAZAN/AFP/Getty Images/file
Political newcomer Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was elected in September as the new leader of war-torn Somalia, a country brought to its knees after years of conflict. Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images/file
The African Union Mission in Somalia, known as AMISOM, pushed the Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab out of Mogadishu in late 2011. The radical group had seized the capital and much of central Somalia in 2006. STUART PRICE/AFP/Getty Images/file
Al Shabaab's withdrawal from Mogadishu was followed by suicide attacks and ambushes. Today, guns have largely fallen silent but the city still remains on edge -- at least 10 people were killed in the suicide bombing of a bus outside Mogadishu's National Theater on March 18. Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images/file