Goljanno Residents Berate Telesom Over Installling Mobile Phone Towers

Goljanno residents on demo burning tyres
Goljanno residents on demo burning tyres

By Gulaid Dalha

Demonstrations triggered by concerns about Telesom’s installation of mobile phone towers and antennas complaining the significant harmful effect of these towers on the vulnerable people have been continuously occurring Goljanno on Thursday morning and later on Friday night, a village in Hageisa, north of the presidential palace of Somaliland.

Dozens of the Goljanno youths have been burning tyres in protest of these towers making the situation worse. The demonstrators allege Telesom that electromagnetic radiation emitted from the towers is causing health issues to people living in close proximity to these transmitters.

The reports say that the police came and tried to flush out residents on locations who around where fracas took place.

This protest comes amid scientific studies have shown the potential hazard problems of mobile phone towers that could be carcinogenic.

Despite the bemoaning of the civilians against telecommunication companies, yet Somaliland government neither undertook a punitive measure nor issued a public interest litigation to bar the installation of cellar phone towers on residential places.

Similar bone-of-the-contentions have occurred between Telesom and civilians over tower installations.

Telesom, Somaliland’s biggest telecommunication company, has not yet released any information pertaining the residents’ demonstration and the allegations lashed out Goljanno residents over it.

Radiation from mobile phone towers causes glioma, a type of brain cancer, as reported by the committee before the World Health Organisation, submitted Dubey.  “The international agency for research on cancer has also established that the mobile phone towers are very powerful towers causing different diseases to the persons residing within 50 metres of the mobile towers.” The petition also submitted: “The radiation values and norms in other countries are more stringent and the exposure allowed is much lower but in our country there is no specific rules and no norms for residential areas, schools, offices, hospitals and playgrounds have been laid down to stop radiation exposure.”