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Charcoal business threatens deforestation in northern Somalia

21 November 2012 Last updated at 14:22 GMT

In Somaliland, the semi-desert territory that self-proclaimed independence from Somali in 1991, for many people cutting trees is the only way to make a living.

They cut the trees and burn them to make charcoal that can be sold.

However, there is growing concern that the forest could soon turn into desert.

Tom Bayly reports.