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  • Title: [SW News] (XINHUA) Two Roads Opened in Somalia
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  • Date : [May 08, 2000]

Two Roads Opened in Somalia


Story Filed: Monday, May 08, 2000 10:37 AM EST

MOGADISHU (May 8) XINHUA - A road linking four districts in Lower Shabelle region and another road connecting the Somali capital of Mogadishu with the central regions through Middle Shabelle region have been opened.

The former 28-kilometer road joining Shalambod, Qoryoley, Kurtunwarrey and Merca districts was built by the Italian aid agency, CEFA, with funds from the European Union.

Unlike many other roads, this economically important road has no checkpoints where the traffic or the pedestrians pay money in return for their safety.

The area has been controlled by the Islamic courts since October last year.

But contrary to what used to happen, the other road in Middle Shabelle region has been rehabilitated and secured by warlord Muse Sudi Yalahow in collaboration with the people in the region.

The 70-kilometer-long road was previously impassable as bandits robbed and killed whoever they wanted.

The commercial vehicles have to pay some money for what is called the contribution to the improvement of the security.

Ali Sheikh Hassan, who is in charge of the security of the road, told reporters that each of the big lorries should pay 180,000 Somali shillings (18 U.S. dollars) for back and forth.

The public transport buses have also started operation on this road and only 30 cents worth of Somali money is charged for the person heading for Balad town.

But in the past, one person needed to pay for same destination as much as two U.S. dollars.

The two roads were opened respectively on Friday and Saturday.

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