Mogadishu rocked by food demonstrations

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Mogadishu rocked by food demonstrations

Post by HeadBanger on May 5th 2008, 7:23 am

"The whole city is up in smoke," protestor Hussein Abdikadir told Reuters while rolling a tire he said he was planning to burn in the Buulahubey neighborhood of southern Mogadishu.

"Traders have refused to take old notes. Food prices are high and we have nothing to eat. We will protest until the traders agree to take the notes and sell us food," he said.

The Somali shilling is valued at roughly 34,000 to the dollar -- more than double what is was a year ago -- and many blame counterfeiters who mint the notes for the fall in value.

That has been doubly compounded by sharply rising world food prices, leaving many in the lawless Horn of Africa nation of 10 million short of money to buy food, prompting several protests or riots in the past six months.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080505/wl_nm/food_prices_somalia_dc

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