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Uploaded on Wednesday 18 Jun 2014
by Jarle Mjaasund
The illegal charcoal trade controlled by Al Shabaab
Riccardo Pravettoni, GRID Arendal
Al Shabaab’s main income appears to be from charcoal, and taxing of other commodities, as well as possibly ex-pat finance. At a single roadblock they have been able to make up to USD 8–18 million per year for taxing passing charcoal traffic in Badhaadhe District, Lower Juba Region. Al Shabaab retains about one third of the income, which alone constitutes about USD 38–56 million. The overall size of the illicit charcoal export from Somalia has
been estimated at USD 360–384 million per year