Somalia hit by Yemen conflict

Livestock exports count for 40% of Somalia’s GDP.

Somalia’s livestock and fisheries sectors feel the effects of Yemen Conflict

The livestock and fishing sectors of Somalia have been seriously impacted by the ongoing war in neighbouring Yemen.

Yemen might be the poorest country in the Middle East, but it has great strategic importance for its neighbours. The country sits on the Bab al-Mandab Strait, a waterway linking the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden, through which much of the world’s oil shipments pass (Including Saudi Arabia’s).

Every year, Millions of animals are exported through the ports of Berbera in Somaliland and Bossaso in Puntland. Both have established relative stability compared to the two decades of civil war that has ravaged southern and central Somalia. But since the conflict erupted in March, exportation of livestock has been halted.

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