(ICRC) The ocean breeze and endless waves lash the golden shores of the small coastal town of Eyl in northern Somalia. Located at the edge of a rocky landscape, this old town feels hidden from the rest of the world, a perfect get-away spot.
Only a decade ago this sleepy town made global news headlines as Somalia's "pirate capital", a fact captured in books and movies recounting vessels hijacked for ransom, including the Hollywood blockbuster "Captain Phillips."
Piracy may now be a part of Eyl's past, fittingly for a town full of history. An old fort that once housed Somalia's anti-imperialist hero, Sayyid Abdulle Hassan, stands in the old city. Combined with the sweeping natural panoramas, the distinctive characteristics of Eyl town is showcased. For now the peace and quiet gives residents time to focus on their fishing.