Downsized Hajj Hurts Somalia’s Livestock Trade

Not Business as Usual Event

The Hajj, a time of celebration when Muslims journey to Mecca each year. A pilgrimage that economically benefits Somali cattle breeders and traders whose millions of livestock are imported by Saudi Arabia to nourish the attending pilgrims.

However, the dramatic downsizing and imposed restrictions of the event in light of COVID-19 is a hard blow to the Somali economy.

Nur Hassan Abikar, a local livestock trade, shares his frustrations, “This year is so different from past years because the price of the goats…

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