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Somaliland. Waqohi Galbed province. Hargeisa. Repair shop for radio and television. A man fixes electronic consumer goods under a stall in the street. A group of black muslim men seat on the ground and chew khat. Khat is a flowering plant native to tropical East Africa and contains the alkaloid cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant which causes excitement and euphoria. Khat is one of the few commodities that is traded daily and serves as a type of speed when chewed, Somaliland men usualy chew in the afternoon hours. Khat is considered as a drug which abuse can produce mild to moderate psychic dependence. Somaliland is an unrecognized de facto sovereign state located in the Horn of Africa. Hargeisa is the capital of Somaliland. © 2006 Didier Ruef