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High Demand Threatens Frankincense Trade in Somaliland

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The ancient trade in frankincense starts here in the remote hills of Somaliland. Frankincense, the dried 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.  Since those Biblical times, the people in the Cal Madow Mountains have tapped the trees for their resin, which is burned as sweet...

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