Bustling seaport a sign of hope in a transitioning Somalia

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Ameerah Haq (front, right), chats with Major General Simon Karanja, Deputy Force Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), at AMISOM's base camp in Mogadishu.

The United Nations Security Council this month authorized  the extension of the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to early March 2013.

The AU troops are helping to stabilize a country which did not have a functioning central government for more than two decades. But this year, a new Parliament was sworn in and a President inaugurated.

The winds of change are also pushing more ships into the seaport in the capital, Mogadishu, where there reportedly has been a rise in cargo vessels bringing goods—and revenue—to the country.

This week, the head of the UN's Department of Field Support (DFS), Ameerah Haq, paid a one-day visit to Somalia where she congratulated the new President on the political strides made.

Dianne Penn reports.

Duration: 3’12′

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