Al-Malam market is the largest markets north of Nyala and is frequented by merchants and traders from all sides surrounding El-Malam including: Kass, East Gabal Marrah,Taweelah, Dar-as Salaam, Mershenj, Korma, Alfasher, Nyala, and other regional markets in addition to vendors and traders from within the region. In 2003 the market reached its peak when it was visited by more than 150 vehicles loaded with goods. The number of livestock exceeded 10,000 head of cattle. Market resources flourished in the city.
Established in the late 1960s, the market’s 575 shops were divided between the merchants and citizens of Al-Malam engaged in commerce.
In 2004 the market was looted. As a result, the customers of the market along with all the merchants dispersed, causing the economy immediately and completely to stall. After the exodus of most ofthe owners, shops became vulnerable to looting, with doors pulled off and stolen.
In October 2011 the Working Group of Al-Malam met to discuss how to rebuild villages and return life to normal. When setting priorities it put the rehabilitation of the market at the top because it represents a cornerstone in the rebuilding of the economy. The market belongs to all residents of Al-Malam
Rebuilding the market and making it open at least one day a week will help the displaced residents have already returned or ready to return to make income and attract traders to restart commerce in the area. The group also identified Kaila, Turba and Umdashow as additional villages to rebuild market places.
According to the assessment, conducted by our organization and the Working Groups, there are 575 stores/shop-houses in Al-Malam Market. There remain 205 are in good enough shape to be repaired and over 57 have had their doors stolen. Of the 57, 33 are corner stores that need two doors and 23 are non-corner stores that only need one door and one shop has had its roof removed. 74 shops (30 corner and 44 non-corner shops) have had their doors broken/destroyed. There remain 370 shops that are not built or are partially built. The goal is to reconstruct these stores in order to incentivize people to return.