Baadle market re-opens in Mogadishu

November 12, 2012

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Baadle market in Mogadishu's Hamar Weyne district has re-opened for business after nearly two decades of closure, UN-funded Radio Bar-Kulan reported Sunday (November 11th).

The first 50 days of market operation will be free for traders, said Benadir regional spokesman Mohamed Yusuf Osman. About 500 traders have been selected to receive places in the market, which has 2,056 stalls.

Baadle, once one of East Africa's largest open-air markets, was cleared of squatters during a government campaign in February. Several other government-owned buildings were also re-possessed including the Mothers' House, National University and the National Museum.

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