Bakara Market

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Bakara Market in the heart of Mogadishu.

Bakara Market (Somali: Suuqa Bakaraha) is a public market in Mogadishu, Somalia. It is the largest such marketplace in the country.


Bakara Market was created in late 1972 by the Siad Barre administration. It served as an open market for the sale of goods and services, including produce and clothing. After the start of the civil war in the 1990s, the market was controlled by various militant groups, who used it as a base for their operations. Following Mogadishu's pacification in 2011, renovations resumed at the market. Shops were rehabilitated, selling everything from fruit and garments to building materials.[1] As in the rest of the city, Barkara Market's real estate values have also risen considerably.

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  1. ^ "London conference aims to speed Somalia recovery". AFP. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 

Coordinates: 2°02′56″N 45°19′12″E / 2.049°N 45.320°E / 2.049; 45.320