James Jeffrey

The tragic loss of Somaliland’s epic Waaheen market

Twenty per cent of the country’s GDP has been wiped out in the fire

Waaheen market, Somaliland (Photo: Getty)

On the eve of Ramadan at the start of this month, the epic Waaheen market at the centre of Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, caught fire. The flames engulfed the entire market and took 12 hours to put out. There were no fatalities—it was Friday, the holy day of prayer for Muslims, and the market was closed—but the market no longer exists.

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James Jeffrey
James Jeffrey is a freelance journalist, writer and Camino guide who splits his time between the US, the UK, the Iberian Peninsula and further afield.

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