Hopes of recovery still burn in Somali town choaking on charcoal

The Times of London
Buur Gaabo, Somalia

Buur Gaabo elder
Clan elders say that most of their capital is tied up in charcoal (Times photography, Tristan McConnell)

Beached fishing boats and house-sized stacks of charcoal mark the front line at Buur Gaabo. Hundreds of thousands of sacks of charcoal languish here, worth millions of pounds in Somalia and tens of millions to the Dubai-based traders who once visited.

The charcoal trade ceased when the Ras Kamboni Brigades (RKB), a powerful Islamist militia backed by Kenya’s army, took control in October and pushed al-Qaeda linked al-Shabaab militants across the channel and out of the area for the first time in years. Continue reading Hopes of recovery still burn in Somali town choaking on charcoal