The Eye Opener: Hope in the land of Somalis

August 19th, 2014 by Ngele Ali Posted in Education, Food security, Gender, Governance, Health, Humanitarian assistance, Peacebuilding, Somalia, Water/sanitation | No Comments »

Today – August 19th – is World Humanitarian Day. The United Nations designated it in memory of the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad in 2003 in which 22 people died. It is now the one day of the year when we turn the spotlight on aid workers and celebrate their efforts to help others in the world’s most difficult and dangerous places.

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Solar Solutions in Somalia

August 14th, 2014 by Stella Madete Posted in Conflict, Drought, Health, Humanitarian assistance, Somalia, Water/sanitation | No Comments »

Sustainable Solutions – Supplying water using solar powered pumps in Afgooye
Water is life. In Afgooye town, this couldn’t be truer. Over 20,000 people call this town home but still bear the burden of travelling long distances to buy water at inflated prices. A 20litre jerry can of water costs between 1000-2,000 Somali shillings. This is too high a price to pay for most. In addition, vital institutions like schools could not afford to cater to the thousands of students that filled their classrooms daily.

Solar panels outside Aala Yaasir school in Afgooye town.

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Standing Strong

August 14th, 2014 by Stella Madete Posted in Climate change, Conflict, Drought, Food security, Land, Peacebuilding, Somalia | No Comments »

Khadar Abdi

Income Generation in Somaliland

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Pioneering Lasting Change

August 14th, 2014 by Stella Madete Posted in Agriculture, Conflict, Drought, Food security, Governance, Humanitarian assistance, Peacebuilding, Somalia | No Comments »

Community Managed Disaster Risk Management in Ethiopia and Somaliland

The Cross border region of Somaliland and Somali region of Ethiopia is characterized by vulnerability to drought. The increase in the intensity and frequency of drought has resulted in the erosion of household livelihood assets the livestock. This has been further aggravated by restricted cross border mobility and land enclosures hence limiting access to pasture and water as well as markets across the border. The survival of pastoralism in a fragile environment has been heavily dependent on ability to transverse great distance so as to access pasture and water. Drought exacerbated by climate change has increased the poverty level among the cross border communities with some dropping out of pastoralism altogether.

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Changing lives in Kismayo

August 11th, 2014 by Stella Madete Posted in Aid, Conflict, Countries, Displacement, Drought, Education, Health, Humanitarian assistance, Humanitarian assistance, Issues, Refugees/IDPs, Somalia, Water/sanitation, Women's rights | No Comments »
In the rural parts of Kismayo District, the main source of water is open shallow wells. For a long time, these water sources were left open with minimal management to ensure optimal use. With most of them silted up, most families were left to walk  over 10 kilometers to access clean water from other wells. In the height of the dry season, most of these wells would dry up, leaving very few options to access safe water.

In partnership with Oxfam, Somali Aid responded to the needs by rehabilitating and protecting 12 shallow wells. These were fitted with hand pumps to allow efficient and hygienic retrieval of water.

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Good Nutrition, Good Life

August 11th, 2014 by Stella Madete Posted in Displacement, Drought, Education, Food security, Gender, Governance, Humanitarian assistance, Issues, Refugees/IDPs, Somalia, Water/sanitation, Women's rights | No Comments »
Voices from Juula, Kismayo
Due to its strategic coastal location providing access to Somalia’s most fertile lands, Kismayo’s history is one of rich culture and economic prosperity. However, after the war broke out in 1991, the Kismayo was destroyed by a series of conflicts, economic collapse and insecurity. The humanitarian situation is currently more severe and problematic than at any other time; crude mortality rate of 1.28/10 000/day in Kismayo IDPs suggest a Serious situation. Services are run down or non-existent, youth are disaffected and lack opportunities for development, and issues of gender and social exclusion impact on political participation of several key stakeholder groups.

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Early warnings need to result in early action in Somalia

July 24th, 2014 by Ed Pomfret Posted in Aid, Climate change, Conflict, Drought, Education, Food security, Governance, Health, Humanitarian assistance, Peacebuilding, Refugees/IDPs, Somalia, Water/sanitation, Women's rights | No Comments »

Eight warnings of catastrophe so far

Pastoralists suffer shortage of water and are worried that they will loose many cattle because of drought.

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Press Release – Three years since Somalia famine, aid agencies fear high risk of relapse

July 24th, 2014 by Stella Madete Posted in Aid, Conflict, Drought, Food security, Governance, Humanitarian assistance, Humanitarian assistance, Peacebuilding, Press release, Refugees/IDPs, Somalia, Water/sanitation, Women's rights | No Comments »

It took 16 warnings for the international community to respond to the last catastrophe; lessons must be learnt from past to avert another crisis in the Horn of Africa.

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Risk of Relapse:Call To Action – Somalia Crisis Update

July 24th, 2014 by Stella Madete Posted in Aid, Climate change, Conflict, Displacement, Drought, Food security, Governance, Humanitarian assistance, Humanitarian assistance, Peacebuilding, Refugees/IDPs, Somalia, Water/sanitation, Women's rights | No Comments »

Faral Kaslkal look at an gully formed due to the lack of vegetation and topsoil near his village of El-Waised some 50 kilometres south of Garowe in Puntland, Somalia .

On 7 May 2014, 26 agencies asked the world to remember Somalia, where 2.9 million people are living in crisis.At that time, only 12% of Somalia’s humanitarian needs had been funded for 2014. That figure now stands at 27% – and we’re already halfway through the year. In the last few weeks experts have been on the ground assessing what activities are needed where, to pull people out of crisis. Based on their findings, agencies are now asking for action across eight sectors to save lives and avoid a relapse to the catastrophe of 2011.

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Another World Refugee day, sadly the numbers of those displaced keep growing

June 20th, 2014 by Fran Equiza Posted in Conflict, DR Congo, Displacement, Drought, Governance, Humanitarian assistance, Humanitarian assistance, Pan Africa, Peacebuilding, Refugees/IDPs, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda | No Comments »

Digging an access road in Simbili settlement,Rhino camp,Arua. Oxfam is providing short-term employment to both refugees and host communities to help ensure that refugees can earn small amounts of money to meet basic needs. Oxfam’s “cash-for-work” program includes basic construction work like clearing access roads and digging waste pits. As new refugees work alongside host community members, the initiative helps to minimize conflict between the different groups, and improves the infrastructure that they all share. Photo: Petterik Wiggers/Oxfam

This year like every other year, the world marks yet another UN World Refugee day and yet again we have an increase in statistics on the number of people who would have fled their home countries all around the world either as a result of war or natural disasters. According to the displacement data recently released by UNHCR, by the end of 2013 the total numbers of refugees had gone up by over a million from 15.4 million[1] in 2012 to 16.7 million people worldwide,[2] with Sub-Saharan Africa having about 2.9 million refugees. This increase has been contributed by the recent on-going conflicts the world has witnessed in Syria, with Central Africa Republic and South Sudan contributing to the majority of new displacements. While no one deserves to flee their homes unwillingly, what I have come to appreciate over the years of my interaction with people who have had to leave their homes notwithstanding the very difficult situations is that, they always strive to rise above their circumstances. Whereas they may be referred to as the stateless or refugees, forming statistics of those in need of aid and assistance, most of those whom I have encountered are resilient and refuse to let their circumstances define them.

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