El Wak, Somalia

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El Wak
Town
Country  Somalia
Region Gedo
District El Wak
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

El Wak (Somali: Ceelwaaq) is a divided city on the Somalia-Kenya border. The Somalian portion is located in the southwestern Gedo region, where it is the seat of one of the region's seven districts.

Etymology[edit]

The place name "El Wak" literally translates as "God's well". In the Afro-Asiatic Somali language, the word ceel means "well" and the word Wak comes from Waaq, an archaic Somali term for God.[1] Many cities and towns in Somalia similarly have ceel as a toponymic element, which suggests the importance of water wells for the region's mostly pastoral clans.

Location[edit]

El Wak is situated in the El Wak District. It is bordered by the Bardera and Garbaharey districts on the east, and the Somali-inhabited North Eastern Province to the west.

Economy[edit]

The area is rich in camels, cows, sheep and goats. Most of the local population are thus pastoralists, and also engage in small business and trade.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mohamed Diriye Abdullahi, Culture and Customs of Somalia, (Greenwood Publishing Group: 2001), p.65.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 2°44′07″N 41°01′04″E / 2.73528°N 41.01778°E / 2.73528; 41.01778