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Buraan is located in Somalia
Location in Somalia.
Coordinates: 10°13′00″N 48°42′00″E / 10.21667°N 48.70000°E / 10.21667; 48.70000Coordinates: 10°13′00″N 48°42′00″E / 10.21667°N 48.70000°E / 10.21667; 48.70000
Country  Somaliland
Region Sanaag
District Badhan
 • Total 8,970
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Buraan, also known as Hiil Buran, Baran and Borrān,[1] is a town in the eastern Sanaag region of Somaliland.[2]


Buraan is situated in eastern Sanaag, near the Bari region. Along with Las Khorey and Hadaftimo, it is considered to be one of the oldest settlements in the province.

In June 2014, the Puntland government launched a new tree-planting campaign in the state, with the regional Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism slated to plant 25,000 trees by the end of the year. Buraan is among the seven cities and towns earmarked for the reforestation initiative, which also include Garowe, Bosaso, Qardho, Buuhoodle, Dhahar and Galkayo. The campaign is part of a broader partnership between the Puntland authorities and EU to set up various environmental protection measures in the region, with the aim of promoting reforestation and afforestation.[3]

Buraan was briefly a part of the Maakhir administration in the late 2000s which mainly covered Badhan District area's, until it was officially incorporated into the Somaliland authority since late 2007. [4]


Buraan has a number of academic institutions. According to the Somaliland Ministry of Education, there are 18 primary schools in the Buraan District. Among these are Al-Furqaan, Tayo, Darul Qur'aan and Qaraar.[5] Secondary schools in the area include Buran Secondary.[6]


In 2012, the Puntland Highway Authority (PHA) announced a project to connect Buraan and other remote or littoral towns in Puntland to the main regional highway.[7][8] The 750 km thoroughfare links major cities in the northern part of Somalia, such as Bosaso, Galkayo and Garowe, with towns in the south.[9] It is part of a broader initiative by the Puntland government to develop and renovate the regional transportation infrastructure.[8]


  1. ^ "Buraan, Somalia". Falling Rain. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Somalia". The World Factbook. Langley, Virginia: Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Somalia: World Environment Day celebrated in Puntland, Govt calls for tree plantation". Garowe Online. 5 June 2014. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
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  5. ^ "Puntland - Primary schools". Ministry of Education of Puntland. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Puntland - Secondary schools". Ministry of Education of Puntland. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Puntland to upgrade Bosaso-Garowe highway". Sabahi. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Somalia: Puntland Highway Authority renovates roads". Garowe Online. 23 August 2013. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "The First 100 Days in Office". Waayaha. 26 April 2009. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.