Monday, March 5, 2012

Somaliland: Hargeisa after the removal of Street vendors (Photos included )

Written by Mohammed Ahmed Ali : Hargeisa , the capital of the Republic of Somaliland was demolished and leveled to the ground in 1991 by  airplanes, artillery and tanks that belonged to the regime of the  late dictator , Siyad Barre . Most of its inhabitants fled to refugee camps in nieghbouring Ethiopia . Thousands were killed in the bombardments of the city  while many others died on their way to the refugee camps .

The city has since then been built by returnees and members of the Diaspora from scratch . It is currently  home to approximately 800,000 inhabitants . Like many other cities of Somaliland , Somaliland public contributed to the rebuilding of the major cities of the country including the capital. Somaliland government has in turn  provided policing and security thus letting  the private  sector to flourish .
The local government of Hargeisa has recently launched a campaign to remove street vendors from the main streets of the capital . With little resistance met  , most of these vendors have  relocated to other areas of the city or have rented shops for their business . We have collected the photos shown below for the readers to view the change felt  in the city after  clearing  of the mess  and narrow roads that were caused by the unregulated street vendors.  
Somaliland is an unrecognised self-declared de facto sovereign state that is internationally recognised as an autonomous region of Somalia. The government of Somaliland regards itself as the successor state to the British Somaliland protectorate, which was independent for a few days in 1960 as the State of Somaliland, before uniting with the Trust Territory of Somalia (the former Italian Somaliland) later the same week to form the Somali Republic. After the collapse of the central government in 1991, Somaliland declared independence from the rest of Somalia on May 18 of the same year.
Following is how some of the  streets of Hargeisa look like  after the removal of the street vendors:
Written by M. Ali (Medeshi - Photos by Kayse Faarax )