Somaliland: UN mission assesses damage after fire

Somaliland: UN mission assesses damage after fire This aerial view shows plumes of smoke billowing from the site of a fire that broke out at Waaheen market in Hargeisa, Somaliland on April 2, 2022.  It has been more than a week since a fire destroyed the Waheen market in Hargeisa. The damage left by the flames is still visible and many traders cannot hide their disappointment. Located in downtown Hargeisa, the five square kilometer commercial space was the largest market in Somaliland, and the fourth largest in the Horn of Africa.  According to the Somaliland Response Committee, set up to lead relief efforts and market reconstruction planning, preliminary estimates of the total cost of fire losses are between $1.5 billion and $2 billion. .  The United Nations deployed a team drawn from several agencies, technical experts in this case arrived on the spot. They will be responsible for working with the government and the Response Committee to assess the damage and support the rebuilding of the market. The team is led by Jacqueline Saline Olweya, UNDP Deputy Representative in Somalia.  The joint assessment report will be finalized in the coming days and will be used at a meeting of international donors scheduled for Nairobi, Kenya next week. In addition to supporting thousands of local residents, the Waheen market was an important source of income for the municipality of Hargeisa, as well as for overall government revenue.

This aerial view shows plumes of smoke billowing from the site of a fire that broke out at Waaheen market in Hargeisa, Somaliland on April 2, 2022.

It has been more than a week since a fire destroyed the Waheen market in Hargeisa. The damage left by the flames is still visible and many traders cannot hide their disappointment. Located in downtown Hargeisa, the five square kilometer commercial space was the largest market in Somaliland, and the fourth largest in the Horn of Africa.

According to the Somaliland Response Committee, set up to lead relief efforts and market reconstruction planning, preliminary estimates of the total cost of fire losses are between $1.5 billion and $2 billion. .

The United Nations deployed a team drawn from several agencies, technical experts in this case arrived on the spot. They will be responsible for working with the government and the Response Committee to assess the damage and support the rebuilding of the market. The team is led by Jacqueline Saline Olweya, UNDP Deputy Representative in Somalia.

The joint assessment report will be finalized in the coming days and will be used at a meeting of international donors scheduled for Nairobi, Kenya next week. In addition to supporting thousands of local residents, the Waheen market was an important source of income for the municipality of Hargeisa, as well as for overall government revenue.

Nigeria: gunmen kill at least 50 people in the center of the country

Plateau State in central Nigeria has seen one of its deadliest gang attacks.

According to the account reported Monday by community leaders in Plateau state, at least 50 people were killed and about 15 kidnapped.

The nightmare begins on Sunday when heavily armed criminal gangs raid on motorbikes in at least 4 villages in the Kanam region.

The criminals, locally called bandits, abduct men, women, children and cattle before looting houses and businesses and reducing them to ashes.

A spokesman for the governor of Plateau state told the media that several people died in the attack. However, he did not provide an exact balance sheet.

The action of the authorities is sometimes decried by residents of remote areas who themselves form vigilante groups.

In addition to the fight against banditry, the Nigerian army is deployed on multiple fronts, particularly in the northeast, which has been plagued by a jihadist insurgency for more than ten years, and in the southeast, where separatist tensions persist.

So far, Plateau state has been relatively spared compared to its western neighbor Kaduna state. This state, which is one of the most populous in Nigeria, has recorded a record number of kidnappings and attacks in recent years.

According to estimates, the attacks carried out by the bandits in Plateau state claimed the lives of more than 130 people.(AFRICA NEWS)
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