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How a single fire has destroyed an entire country

World

How a single fire has destroyed an entire country

With losses of $2bn, it’s a catastrophic blow to impoverished Somaliland, which is unrecognised by most of the world

Mohammed Omer

Three weeks ago, Amina Mahmud was a successful businesswoman running a butcher’s shop selling camel meat and a thriving homewares store in Somaliland’s commercial hub, Waheen market.

Trade was good.

The 41-year-old earned more than $2,700 a month, enough to raise seven children singlehandedly and win the respect of her community over two decades of graft in the capital of Hargeisa...

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