IntroductionThis arid region was once a rich, fertile valley, but soil erosion has left it somewhat desolate. Overland travel is difficult during the rainy season, when roads sometimes become impassable even for four-wheel-drive vehicles. War and drought have decimated the land, but you may still spot the occasional monkey, baboon, dik-dik (a small antelope) or warthog, along with herds of camels. Hippos and crocodiles still live along the Juba and Shebelle Rivers. Antelope and gazelles, once found throughout the country, have been killed for food. About 500 mi/800 km north of Mogadishu.
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