Casual labourers collect resin
across the northeastern region of Somalia. Harvesters sometimes spend
several months in the wilderness collecting the potentially lucrative
Close up of frankincense resin, once it has been broken down
Female labourer, breaking down and purifying the resin; this
process involves separating the resin from the bark, and collecting
the vital elements of the resin.
Labourer observing the quality of the frankincense, the resin
has different grades, with the best quality frankincense fetching up
to $60 per kilo.
Close up of the un-refined frankincense, it is reported that
frankincense stock are dwindling due to global warming, and burning of
frankincense trees for coal.
Frankincense trade in Somalia- Bosasso
Somalia is the world’s second largest exporter of frankincense and
myrrh, after Oman. Somalis have been exporting frankincense since
antiquity to civilizations such as the ancient Egyptians and Greeks.
Bosaso is the largest port in Somalia exporting this vital resin,
which contributes to a significant amount of northern Somalia’s GDP.
All photos were contributed to Discover Somalia by Abdiaziz Bashir freelance photographer and humanitarian worker in Somalia.
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