Somali Islamist group Al-Shabab lost control of Dobley near the Kenyan border to forces loyal to government in Mogadishu.
They are all gone now. But the fight to take control of the town killed hundreds of people and destroyed much of its infrastructure.
Residents, dealing with one of the worst droughts to ever hit the region, have no choice but to leave the town and cross the border into neighbouring Kenya.
Al Jazeera's Nazanine Moshiri has this exclusive report.