Although the ban has taken effect, the use of bags continued unabated. It has even become known as "Hargeisa flowers" because they are often found on trees.
Several workshops to create awareness about the effects of plastic bags to the environment took place in 2002 in the capital Hargeisa, yet merchants were reluctant to stop importing non bio-gradable plastic bags. There were even local factories producing plastic bags in Hargeisa.
The practice still goes on and the environment is in danger partly because of the greedy merchants who defy the local regulations and continue practicing the use of environmentally unfriendly bags
By M. Ali