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May 15th 2010 11:41PM Why do you need a flag and are you in Somaliland?
If you like I can send you the Vector art and you can request a print from one of your local stores.
May 14th 2010 8:34PM I'm from Hargeisa and I never really understood how they make those deals, as a child my father use to take me there but all I saw was them shaking hands aggressively and laughing.
It's quiet fascinating system.
Some people say before the settlement of Hargeisa, it was simply a camel market, Hargeisa is no more than 100 years old. Before Hargeisa the Somaliland capital was Sheekh, then it was moved to Berbera, then the main ruler of Sheekh town called Sheikh Madar moved to Hargeisa, the British provided him with camel corps (then Somaliland army) to protect him from the Ethiopians, Mad Mullah, etc.
They also say the name Hargeysa (Hargeisa) is drived from the Somali word Harag (meaning animal hide) and the other word gee (to take), so basically it means Harag-geeysa (which can be translated to place where they took the animal hides) ---> a camel market.
Animal hide was always profitable business, to find out how profitable just find Indhadeero Group company, who owns more than 8 business chains from livestock export, transport, hotels, shipment to fuel stations in Somaliland. He made all the money from animal hides. He use to export Somalia's (when Somaliland and Somalia were one) animal hides to Arabia. He made millions.
Hargeisa is the camel market like no other.
May 13th 2010 9:56PM I see your enjoying your time in Hargeisa. True there aint that many foreigners most come to visit then leave because they cant work there as you already know no foreign market for Hargeisa.
Every thing is owned by Somalis done by Somalis, in the long term it would benefit the Somaliland.
There are other hotels better than Oriental hotel, try Mansor Hotel, Ambassador and others.
I think Hargeisa is doing good in terms of private sector but there is absence in social, municipality development. The roads are by far some of the worst in the world.
However a Chinese firm is said to be arriving but they should have already arrived.
water, roads, rubbish, the hundreds of homeless kids from the country and Ethiopia as well as Somalia's displaced people are some of the worst problems facing Hargeisa.
I dont know how it still does so well in areas so many countries with bigger economy, foreign connections still fail.
Our telecommunication is by far one of the best in Africa and soon gonna get its biggest boost when the optic fiber cable arrives in Berbera.
How long are u in Somaliland for Sean?