Abudwak Somalia



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Description: Abudwak (Somali. Caabudwaaq ) (which translates as the slave of Wak . the pre-Islamic deity of the Oromo people ) is one of the largest towns in the Galgadud region of central Somalia. Abudwak

Abudwak (Somali. Caabudwaaq ) (which translates as the slave of Wak. the pre-Islamic deity of the Oromo people ) is one of the largest towns in the Galgadud region of central Somalia. Abudwak is the seat of the Abudwak District of the Galgadud Region. The town is situated about 20km west off of the main corridor road that connects southern and northern regions of Somalia.

In the absence of strong local government, Abudwak's residents have had their share of Somali political unrest throughout the 1990s and recent times. The city's most memorable times were during 1992-1996 when it became the hub for business and trade in central Somalia. The residents then developed well-organized peace system where it was possible for merchants from neighboring regions such as Hiiraan on the south to all the way to northern cities of Hargeisa and Bari were able to sell or exchange their commodities at the Abudwak Market.

Abudwak allowed safe passages for transport trucks and small vehicles to freely move on either direction, south or north. The city's population more than tripled from around 30,000 inhabitants to over 100,000 residents.

In prior years the town has been prosperous even while much of the rest of Somalia was suffering from starvation and insecurity. Those years where known throughout Somalia as Sanadadii Cagobararka or Years of Swollen Feet. This was due to lack of nutritional meals for days at a time. It was at the height of the civil war from 1991-1994 when people went without any food for days at a time. Interior regions and the capital were the most affected areas by this phenomenon of swollen feet. Images of starving Baidoa residents were beamed to television screens around the world.

Abudwak and surrounding area is red sandy with semi desert look. Further into the grazing lands near the border with Ethiopia's Somali Province, one finds forest and mountains where mostly camels are herded.




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