Businesses refusing to accept the Somali shilling during transactions had water wells that supply water shut down. Locals are forced to use unclean water that companies dispose of since camp water pumps are not functioning.
Water well operators near Jiingadaha camp decided to stop selling water to customers who pay with the Somali shilling. Those businesses won’t be able to pay their personnel in case they allow customers to pay in Somali shillings. For that reason, water wells are temporarily closed.
Abdullahi Mohammed, owner of a grocery store in the camp said “children are worst affected by businesses’ decision not to use the Somali shilling. I urge Puntland State Government to deal with this problem”.
Addey Abdulkadir is a mother of children and the owner a tea shop in the camp. “My business has gone bust. I cannot sell tea or rice to customers. A cup of tea costs 5000 shillings. I am unable to give change to a customer with US $1. 50. We would like to use both the Somali shilling and the dollar to serve our customers” said Addey.