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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FOOTBALL FOR PEACE

June 20th, 2014 by Dorah Ntunga Posted in Displacement, Peacebuilding, Refugees/IDPs, South Sudan, Uganda | No Comments »

Members of BENIFA FC before a friendly match at Ocea football pitch, Arua. Refugee youths have taken to football as tool for peace and healing.

As 32 countries compete for the World Cup title in Brazil, a different kind of tournament is taking place in northern Uganda. There, in the districts of Arua and Adjumani, young South Sudanese refugees have formed football teams to play for peace.

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First Catch: Strengthening Fisheries and Coastal Management in Puntland

June 10th, 2014 by Stella Madete Posted in Conflict, Drought, Education, Food security, Gender, Governance, Humanitarian assistance, Issues, Peacebuilding, Photos, Somalia, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Fishing in Puntland

Fishermen preparing their boats for fishing.

Puntland boasts an expansive 1,600 km coastline along the Indian Ocean. Its waters are home to some of the richest fishing grounds in Africa and present considerable potential for artisanal fisheries and coastal area development, where efficient fishing, fish marketing and processing remain critical to household livelihoods, creation of jobs and income generation for people. However, the sector remains undeveloped where its ministry lacks sufficient resources and budget to implement existing policies.

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First Catch: Strengthening Fisheries and Coastal Management in Somaliland

June 10th, 2014 by Stella Madete Posted in Conflict, Countries, Drought, Education, Food security, Governance, Issues, Somalia | No Comments »

Fishing in Somaliland

Fishermen preparing their boats for fishing in Somaliland.

Somaliland enjoys a vast coastline of 850 km long that borders the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden. Its waters are home to some of the richest fishing grounds in Africa and present considerable potential for artisanal fisheries and coastal area development, where efficient fishing, fish marketing and processing remain critical to household livelihoods, creation of jobs and income generation for people. However, the sector remains undeveloped where its ministry lacks sufficient resources and budget to implement existing policies.

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Learning across generations: Moonlight training Centre in Boroma

June 4th, 2014 by Stella Madete Posted in Displacement, Education, Gender, Governance, Humanitarian assistance, Peacebuilding, Photos, Somalia | No Comments »

Safia Abdi Nuur

Safia Abndi Nuur is a mother of eight children. She was born in Hargeisa and is one of four children. When she was young, some of her brothers and sisters were privileged to attend school, some even finishing their bachelor’s degree in university. Safia finished her formal education in secondary school, got married in 1998 and started her family. After a few years, her husband fell ill and had to receive multiple treatments in Ethiopia and Djibouti. Unfortunately he did not get better and died.

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My Children are my strength

May 14th, 2014 by Dorah Ntunga Posted in Conflict, Displacement, Education, Food security, Humanitarian assistance, Refugees/IDPs, South Sudan, Uganda, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Nyakuoth with her 5 children and 2 others that she takes care of in Agulupi settlement. Photo: Francis Yikii/CEFORD

Last December, Nyakuoth Kuony was living happily in Unity, South Sudan, with her husband and five children. At 27 years-old, one of Nyakuoth’s wishes was to one day visit Uganda—little did she know she would soon end up there as a refugee.

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Preventing a crisis in Somalia becoming a catastrophe

May 8th, 2014 by Ed Pomfret Posted in Agriculture, Aid, Conflict, Drought, Food security, Governance, Health, Humanitarian assistance, Peacebuilding, Refugees/IDPs, Somalia, Water/sanitation | No Comments »
Somali babies

Babies in Somalia are at the highest risk of dying on their day of birth worldwide. Photo: Oxfam

2.9 million Somalis are in humanitarian need while the world looks the other way

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