After 23 years, international mail services resume in Somalia

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(l. to r.) From dream to reality: Emirate Post’s Fahad al Hosani, the UPU’s Bishar Hussein and Somali Minister Abdullahi Hersi at UPU headquarters in April after agreeing to work together to make Dubai a mail forwarding hub for mail going to Somalia (UPU@PHOTO)

Starting this month, people in Somalia will again experience one of the simple joys in life: getting a letter from a loved one abroad.

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) announced that beginning this Friday, international mail service will officially resume in the country which has been isolated from the global postal community for more than 20 years.

Through an agreement with the postal operator in the United Arab Emirates, international mail to Somalia will be forwarded through the city of Dubai.

UN Radio's Patrick Maigua asked Rhéal LeBlanc, spokesperson at the UPU which is based in Bern, Switzerland, about the significance of this development.

Duration: 4’32″

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