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STORY: CONSTRUCTION SECTOR DRIVING

SOMALIAS ECONOMIC RECOVERY


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LANGUAGE: SOMALI/NATURAL SOUND
DATELINE: 21/APRIL/2016, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
SHOTLIST
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Wide shot, an excavator clears the land and gathers the rocks
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Med shot, an excavator clears the land and gathers the rocks
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Close up, an excavator clears the land and gathers the rocks
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Wide shot, a lorry ferries the rocks to the quarry
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Med shot, a lorry ferries the rocks to the quarry
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Wide shot, an excavator clears the land and gathers the rocks
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SOUNDBITE: (SOMALI) MOHAMUD HASSAN, OWNER AND
MANAGER OF THE MOGADISHU QUARRY.
When the security gets better, that is the time every other thing improves
because stability is the key and the country moves ahead. We have great
expectation that the security and stability improves and the government
consolidates its power so that life gets better.
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Wide shot, workers at the quarry
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Med shot, workers gather the rocks to be crushed
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Close up, workers gather the rocks to be crushed
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Close up, a worker gathers the rocks to be crushed
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Wide shot, the quarry machine used to crush the rocks into
different desired sizes
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Med shot, workers putting the rocks into the machine to be
crushed
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Close up, a worker putting the rocks into the machine to be
crushed
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Med shot, the quarry machine used to crush the rocks into
different desired sizes
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Close up, a worker putting the rocks into the machine to be
crushed
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Wide shot, workers putting the rocks into the machine to be
crushed
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Med shot, after crushing, the rocks are directed to a pit where
its collected

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Close up, after crushing, the rocks are directed to a pit where its
collected
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Close up, after crushing, the rocks are directed to a pit where its
collected
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SOUNDBITE: (SOMALI) MOHAMUD HASSAN, OWNER AND
MANAGER OF THE MOGADISHU QUARRY.
As Somali citizens we are doing at our best by contributing positively in
developing and rebuilding the country. That is why we are running such
quarry to meet demands of the construction sector. Yes, we are earning a
profit out of the work we are doing. Most important our private investment
is employing citizens who earn salary to sustain their Somali families. We
are playing our role in the rebuilding the country to best of our ability.
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Wide shot, workers putting the rocks into the machine to be
crushed
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Med shot, Wide shot, workers putting the rocks into the machine
to be crushed
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Wide shot, a worker piles the crushed rocks
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Med shot, a worker piles the crushed rocks
CONSTRUCTION SECTOR DRIVING SOMALIAS ECONOMIC RECOVERY
Mogadishu, April 21, 2016- A group of young men crush boulders with
sledgehammers under the sweltering mid-morning sun in Wadajiir district.
Not far away, youths feed crushed stones into a machine that grinds them,
producing different sizes which they wheel away and deposit in a heap for
sale.
Nearby, a rumbling earthmover scoops a load of boulders from a quarry and
dumps it on higher ground, before being loaded into a waiting truck.
The quarry in Wadajiir district is a testimony that Somalias construction
industry is on the path to recovery, thanks to the high demand for construction
materials.
As Somali citizens we are doing our best by contributing positively in
developing and rebuilding the country. That is why we are running such quarry
to meet demands of the construction sector, says Mohamud Hassan, the
proprietor of the business.
Crushed stone is a form of construction aggregate, normally produced by
mining suitable rock deposit, which is removed and broken down to desired
size using crushers. The stone is a major basic raw material used in the
construction industry.
Since the return of relative peace in Mogadishu, thanks to the immense
contribution by AMISOM and the Federal Government of Somalia, who
wrestled control of the city from Al Shabaab militants in 2011, the construction
sector is on a roll. High-rise buildings boasting modern architecture are being

constructed and old ones, destroyed during the war, are receiving a facelift or
brought down altogether.
Yes, we are earning a profit out of the work we are doing. Most important our
private investment is employing citizens who earn a salary to sustain their
families. We are playing our role in rebuilding the country to the best of our
ability, adds Hassan.
Somalia has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world, however,
the good news is that small and medium sized industries, such as the quarry
in Wadajiir district, are fast becoming major sources of employment for the
countrys young population.
Despite Al Shabaabs desperate hide-and-seek tactic, aiming at soft targets
like restaurants and residential buildings, the spirit among Somalis to
reconstruct again has remained strong. This has been made possible by the
availability of raw materials produced by the quarry in Wadajiir district and
many others in the country.
When the security gets better that is when everything will improve because
stability is the key and the country moves forward. We have great expectation
that the security and stability returns to normal and Government consolidates
its power so that life gets better Hassan, the proprietor and manager of the
quarry says.
Though the quarry has been in existence for the last 30 years, it only resumed
operation in 2015 following an improvement in security and an increase in the
demand for construction materials. It now provides jobs for truck drivers,
manual labourers and machine operators.
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