Darakasi Island 100 shillings 2015

Darakasi Island 100 shillings 2015

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Darakasi is an island in the archipelago of the Bajuni Islands, in the Indian Ocean, situated on the southern coast of Somalia. They lie at the northern end of a string of reefs that continues south to Zanzibar and Pemba. The archipelago is composed of six main islands: Chandra, Chovaye  Chula, Koyama, Darakasi and Ngumi. Chula with the village of Ndowa is the only island with a significant population. Other islands of minor importance are: Kandha Iwu, Fuma, Ilisi and the island of Kismayo (actual Kismayo harbor), the latter of which was attached to the coast in 1961 during the construction of Kismayo Port.

The islands, as well as the extreme southern area of present-day Somalia, were part of British East Africa prior to World War I. They were later transferred to Italy after the war. According to C. Wightwick Haywood, then a British official in Kismayo, who visited the islands in 1913, the only inhabited islands in the chain were Chovaye – the biggest island in the chain –  and the nearby Chula. Maize, millet, sweet potatoes and coconuts were grown. The residents of the islands at the time, whom Haywood thought to be of Arab and/or Persian descent, built dhows, which the British official considered "excellent sea boats".

On his 1913 trip, Haywood saw ruins of what he described as a "fair-sized town" on the Chovaye Island. He was impressed by stone carvings, and thought that the ruins had been left by people "of a superior culture" to the residents of his day. He mentioned that somewhat similar stone scrollwork could also be seen on houses in the Lamu Islands in present-day Kenya.

The islands are today mainly inhabited by the eponymous Bajuni people. Administratively, the islands are within the Lower Juba region of Somalia.

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Year 2,015
Condition UNC
Denomination 100 shillings

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