Surrounded by the violence and anarchy of Mogadishu, some young athletes cling to whatever shred of normalcy they can find, or create.

We, or at least I, found this a tiny but welcome corrective to the endless parade on the news of people displaying the worst of human nature everywhere, responding to ugliness with greater ugliness, or simply giving up and throwing themselves on the thin mercy of the world.  I was moved by the spirit of these young Somalis who are creating a path through the ruins of their society, finding within themselves the capacity to nurture a dream instead of passively surrendering to circumstances I can barely imagine, even after seeing this news video from UK’s Channel 4.

Here’s the video:  Training for the Olympics in Somalia