Eight warnings of catastrophe so far
Eight warnings of catastrophe so far
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.
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.
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 in 2012 to 16.7 million people worldwide, 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.
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.
Fishing in Puntland
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.
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.
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.
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.
2.9 million Somalis are in humanitarian need while the world looks the other way