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Somaliland Chewers' Street March
ISSUE 98
Front Page
Index

Headlines

- Eritrea Providing Military Training For Hundreds Of ONLF Fighters
- Somaliland Refugee Wins College Award
- Fighting Discrimination Against Disability In Somaliland

- Somaliland Chewers' Street March

- UN Secretary General Report On Somalia, Part IV

Health

- Drug: The Double Edged Knife (Part 30)

- Hopes Pinned On New Drug Plan On World AIDS Day

International News

- Money Transfer Companies Form Association

- Security Council Urges Stricter Implementation Of Arms Embargo
- Joint Patrols May Aid Terrorism War
- CIA Training Of Islamists Haunts Gis In Iraq
- Dead Meat? Stories of asylum seekers stealing donkeys - and swans - to eat have turned out to be false. So why have the newspapers not apologized, asks Roy Greenslade

- Crushing Walnuts, But Losing The War?

Peace Talks

- State Won't Pay Somali Talks Bills
- Minister Warns Somalia Leaders

Photos & Remembrance

- More Photos

Editorial & Opinions

- Ambiguous Relations

- Giving Somaliland International Recognition Will STOP The Refugee Exodus From Somalia To Europe

 

 

 


Buroa, Nov 30, 2003 (BBC) Hundreds of protestors have marched through the streets of a Somaliland town after the price of a mild narcotic leaf, known as Khat, was doubled.

The stimulant is widely chewed in the Somaliland and across the region.

At the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan demand soars and so do prices, but the BBC's Hussein Ali Nur says protests are quite unprecedented.

The security forces in the central town of Burao fired shots in the air to deter the marchers.

According to a journalist there, the authorities held an emergency meeting with Khat suppliers and agreed to drop the prices back down to nearer the pre-Ramadan level.

Many onlookers expressed said they would have been more supportive if they had been protesting about the price of food and other commodities, which have also increased dramatically this year.

There is a lucrative business in the mild stimulant, which is mainly chewed by men who sit in groups for long hours.

The Khat trade has been the cause of many disturbances in the past.

 

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