This image of a woman and child's precarious perch show why some residents of Mogadishu are fleeing to rural areas for safey. According to wire services, a spate of near-daily attacks have challenged the governments effort to impose security on the city recaptured in December by government forces and their Ethiopian allies from Islamists who controlled it for six months. The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize an African Union force to help stabilize Somalia over the next six months and set the stage for U.N. peacekeepers to take over the long-term job of bringing peace to the Horn of Africa nation.
A women and her child sit in the third floor window of their home which has been by repeatedly hit by heavy shelling in the past and was once again a target on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007. Mortar rounds and rockets hit Somalia's capital early Tuesday in a series of attacks that killed 12 people and wounded more than 40 others in the worst fighting this year.