Friday, December 23, 2016

Somaliland Frankincense Industry Threatened by High Demand

The sap of the frankincense tree has been a valued commodity for millennia. Egyptian pharaohs traded for the gum, and Christians know frankincense as one of the gifts the three wise men brought to the baby Jesus, according to the New Testament.

But increased demand has threatened the ancient trade as men in Somaliland risk their lives to harvest the resin in ever greater quantities.

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