25 January 2014

Somalia: Public Commuters Down Their Tools After Increased Insecurity in the Lower Shabelle Region

Afgoye — Public transport operators in the lower Shabelle region have stopped working today and transport has come to standstill after rising insecurity in the region.

The major roads which lead to the region from Somalia's capital are completely isolated as movement of vehicles is low and travelers are stuck with no options.

The main stages used by the striking commuters are Afgoye and Shalaanbood stages which all fall under the volatile lower Shabelle region of Somalia.

One of the drivers who used this route on a daily basis contacted Shabelle radio and told us that the main reason behind the strike is because of rising insecurity as illegal road blocks have poured in the region who often impose large sums on commuters while others rob civilians and loot all their valuables.

The strike comes after a meeting was held by the owners of the public commuters who decided to halt transport until the issue is solved by the Government.

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