Oxfam partner SONYO (Somaliland National Youth Organisation) has announced that their Executive Director, Saeed M. Ahmed, has recently met with US officials at the White House in Washington, DC. Saeed had been on a two week visit to the United States as a participant in the “International Visitor Leadership Program”.
As “World Water Day” is marked this month with events around the world, today millions of Somalis remain in danger by simply taking a drink of water. Contaminated water and a lack of sanitation are killers in this country, where waterborne diseases are a constant threat to health. Only 30% of Somalis have access to clean water, leaving the majority vulnerable to several life threatening diseases.
Ruben Ngong Guet has the same likes and dreams as many average teenagers. An 18 year old student, he wants to become a doctor someday. He enjoys computers. He enjoys football, and supports Chelsea. When he takes the field to play football, he’s a striker. “I like scoring goals,” Ruben says, “but there’s no ball here.”
I am a public health promotion assistant and we have three activities here in Mingkamen – latrines, garbage collection and water monitoring. I move around and supervise the different activities – I monitor the garbage collection and go to all the water points to collect data. I also check the toilets and make sure they have been cleaned.
To mark International Women’s Day in HECA. We are celebrating all things women for the next 10 days. Women who have inspired our work in their own special way…women doing small things for a bigger impact within and for their communities.
As inspired by the late Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, we are celebrating our own ‘humming birds’. In many occasions, Wangari used the story of the humming bird to inspire people to do the best that they can instead of standing on the sidelines watching while the world needs us all. This reference comes from an African parable that depicts the hummingbird working tirelessly to put out a forest fire while the other animals stood around and watched. It is an inspiring story about being able to overcome enormous challenges with determination and courage. You can hear Prof Maathai recount the story here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-btl654R_pY
Somalia has gathered headlines over the years as a difficult place for women to live, due to continuing food shortages and ongoing insecurity throughout the country. But the famine is now over, and conditions there have been changing. These days, the outside world hears very little about what life is like for the average Somali woman.
Blog post by Oxfam media officer Geno Teofilo on a visit to South Sudanese refugee centres in northern Uganda:
Blog post by Oxfam Novib Executive Director Farah Karimi on her visit to South Sudanese refugee centres in northern Uganda:
Again, when I touch the sensitive subject of security, all I see is discomfort and eyes wandering off to avoid mine. On Friday I met with another young woman, a girl in fact, who is so uncomfortable speaking about the topic, in this camp for South Sudanese refugees in Arua, North Uganda.
On Tuesday morning we received bad news from Malakal. The Oxfam team there reported heavy military attacks on the capital of Upper Nile State. Our colleagues, who were working on health promotion with the people living in the UN Compound, had to move to the bunkers in the base. They are still waiting for the fighting to decrease, when they will likely be evacuated.
“Even if peace would come, we cannot return home. We are not safe.” Read the rest of the entry »