Somalia is a country still fighting a bloody civil war.
But as the government slowly begins to reassert its authority some former al-Shabab militants are leaving the group.
One of the most senior figures to defect from the al-Qaeda linked militant group has urged his former colleagues to stop targeting civilians and to begin negotiations with the Somali government.
Zakariya Ahmed Ismail Hersi – who once had a $3m (£1.9m) bounty from the US government on his head – is now at a government safe house in Mogadishu.
The BBC’s Africa Correspondent Andrew Harding is the first international journalist to interview him.