Mary Harper is Africa Editor at BBC World Service News and author of Getting Somalia Wrong? Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State (Zed Books, 2012). She has reported on Somalia for the past twenty years, and regularly visits the country. Her website is www.maryharper.co.uk.
As media coverage of Somalia moves away from strictly famine and war, the country has begun to be portrayed in a more positive light. However, this new spin may be equally unbalanced, neglecting realities on the ground.