Muse says that he earns between 7,000 and 10,000 Somali shillings
daily and gives all of the money to his parents, so that they can buy food for the family.
Islamist militants yesterday urged Mogadishu traders to accept Somali shillings
over US dollars to try to reduce inflation in the country, warning they would punish defaulters.
The Somali Shilling
fluctuates (over the last few months) between SoShs14,000 to SoShs18,000 per $1.
About $100 is equivalent to 3 million Somali shillings
, which apart from being heavy to carry, exposes money traders to the risk of robbery in the lawless state.Aa
"They demand 400,000 Somali shillings
for a licence to farm your own land.
I gave an amount of Somali shillings
to Mr Noor, to use as he saw fit, but I told him that I wanted to have my guns (and a considerable part of my hunting clothes packed with them) when coming back three days later.
In 2000, 14,000 Somali shillings
purchased a dollar, but the rate deteriorated to 45,000 in 2001 when the government printed more money, Ali said.
Billions of Somali shillings
printed in Canada and Indonesia by certain warlords six months ago, considerably watered down the value of the shilling, currently exchanging at Sh20,000 to $US1.00.
At one point, the brothers offered a new car and $10,000 in Somali shillings
in exchange for Susman's release.
Norman's been ferrying planesful of Somali shillings
for the outlying UNICEF offices.
The little food that was available was extremely expensive - one egg costs around 5,000 Somali Shillings
(20 US cents) - a five-fold increase since the beginning of the year.