“It is with deep regret that we have learnt of the tragic accident that occurred in Waheen market in Hargeisa”

Araweelo News Network.

Nairobi(ANN)-The Kenyan government has spoken of the catastrophic loss of billions of dollars caused by a fire at Somaliland’s largest market in Waheen on Friday.

A statement from the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Kenyan government shares a historic heritage, and thus shared with depression and the loss of the Somaliland largest market in Waheen.

“It is with deep regret that we have learnt of the tragic accident that occurred in Waheen market in Hargeisa on the night of 1st April 2022. The Government and the people of Kenya stand in solidarity with the people of Somaliland and extend sympathies to the victims and families of the injured,” MFA stated on Sunday.

According to a statement from the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Kenyan government believes in the resilience of the people of Hargeisa, as well as their strong desire to get out of the crisis, and to come out better.

Therefore, Kenya reassures Somaliland of its unwavering support and cooperation in rebuilding the market.

“We wish you all the best, and we hope you will rebuild and restore the way of life of the people of Hargeisa,” said the Kenyan government.

Also, the African Union’s High Representative for Infrastructure Development, Raila Odinga, spoke about the devastating market fire in Waheen.

He called on the regional and international community to work together to help rebuild the Market in Hargeisa city.

“The scenes coming out of open market in Hargeisa, the medium-time of their economy, is to be stomached. I pray for the people of Somaliland,”he said,” Odinga said on his Twitter account.

Waaheen Market, Hargeisa’s largest trading center, caught fire on April 1, 2022, and was addressed by Britain, the USA, Turkey, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and others, all of whom shared Somaliland’s mourning and pledged to help rebuild.

Ethiopia has already sent fire trucks from Jigjiga, the capital of the Somali Autonomous Region.

Meanwhile, a delegation led by the Minister of Finance of the Federal Government of Ethiopia, Ahmed Shidde, arrived in Hargeisa hours after the disaster.

The government of Djibouti, also sent a delegation to Somaliland, who visited the burnt market in Waheen, and said they would play their part in rebuilding the market.

The Federal Government of Somalia has allocated $ 15 million for the disaster, with $ 11 million coming from the World Bank, $ 2 million from Mogadishu businesses and $ 1 million from the Federal Government.

The President of the Republic of Somaliland, Muse Bihi, thanked the countries that supported Somaliland, and set up a committee to deal with the catastrophic losses in the market, and the committee said in a preliminary report that the losses were estimated at at least two billion dollars.

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By Arraale M Jama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights activist.

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