El Wak, Somalia
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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. 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.
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.
- Mohamed Diriye Abdullahi, Culture and Customs of Somalia, (Greenwood Publishing Group: 2001), p.65.
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