A Somali government soldier patrols the streets of the capital, Mogadishu. Kenyan ground forces captured the Somali rebel redoubt of Afmadow on Wednesday, a military spokesman said, and were closing in on the port city of Kismayu, the hub of al Shabaab militants' southern operations.

Conflict in Somalia has left a lasting impact on its people. The World Health Organisation says one out of every three Somalis suffer from mental illness.

With an upcoming election, the Somali people hope to finally move beyond the scars - physical, mental and socio-political - left by the nation's long-standing conflict.

Al Jazeera's Nazanine Moshiri reports from Mogadishu