By: Mo Ali
Somalilandsun – A friend of mine who has just come back from Somaliland has shown me the gold stones illustrated here which he collected from a location close to Hargeisa .
He has brought with him at least one kilogram of raw gold stones which need filtering and melting to extract pure gold.
Somaliland is rich in minerals and many of these minerals are easily found close to the surface. Diamond and sapphire and other precious metals are also found in small quantities in SLD . Paint is also abundant in the coastal areas close to Berbera and can easily be seen on the sides of the highway that connects Berbera to Sheikh.
This is in addition to oil and gas discovered both offshore and in-land in the coastal areas as well as in Sool and Hawd areas.
Somaliland government has recently awarded oil and gas drilling contracts to foreign companies and the prospects are great for the production of oil and gas in the near future.
Somaliland gained independence from Somalia in 1991 but has not yet been recognised by any country although its stability is similar to most sovereign countries.
The Writer Mo Ali is the editor of www.medeshivalley.com