With all these shenanigans, is there any hope for Somalia?

The Somali coastline at Ras Kamboni. Foreign companies have been dumping harmful toxic waste along the unguarded coastline. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • It is believed that Italian journalist Iliara Alpi’s discovery of a “guns-for-waste” trade between Italian arms manufacturers and Somali militias is what led to her murder in Mogadishu in 1994.
  • Later, the United Nations Development Programme concluded that the dumping of toxic waste was “rampant” along Somalia’s coastline and that local communities were developing chronic diseases such as cancer as a result.
  • The dumping of toxic waste in Somalia not only threatens the health and environment of the Somali people, but also poses a health and environmental risk to the whole of the East African coastline.

One of the consequences of state collapse in Somalia in 1991 was that foreign companies began dumping harmful toxic waste along Somalia’s largely unguarded coastline.


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