Thursday, November 15, 2012
By Majid Ahmed
Sacks of charcoal are piled high on the side of the road as an African Union Mission in Somalia convoy makes its way through Kismayo on October 2nd. [Stuart Price/AFP]
Despite the UN resolution, charcoal from Somalia still flowed into the markets of Gulf countries while al-Shabaab controlled the city, according to a June statement from the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea.
Sheikh Ahmed Madobe, leader of Ras Kamboni militia, said he supports a temporary lift of the ban on charcoal exports from Kismayo.