Somali Voices – Views Lower Juba

December 16th, 2013 by Stella Madete Posted in Food security, Gender, Governance, Photos, Somalia, Water/sanitation, Women's rights

Muhumed watching his cattle drink water at a water point in Dhobley

The political progress in Somalia has inspired confidence and hope among many Somali people for the years to come, but there are enormous institutional, political, and economic challenges to overcome. Although the situation has improved since the 2011 famine, Somalia is still the focus of a complex humanitarian emergency. The magnitude of the crisis remains enormous with approximately 870,000 people still in need of food aid and around 2 million are in food crisis. Over 2 million displaced Somalis are unable to return home, 1 million from neighbouring countries. Security remains volatile and basic rights such as access to food, water, shelter, medical care are still inaccessible in many parts of the country. The ongoing food crisis remains one of the most severe emergencies existing in the world today. Aid donations for humanitarian work remain too low, leaving many still in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Aid workers are still popular targets for kidnapping reducing the space available to support those in need.

The future make up of Somalia is still uncertain but it is clear that peace in Somalia has little chance of taking hold unless the root causes of the conflict are addressed and those in need are reached with sufficient humanitarian support. Addressing humanitarian needs is the first step on the road to recovery and this is echoed by voices of those most affected.

Click here to read some of the views from Lower Juba

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  1. One Response to “Somali Voices – Views Lower Juba”

  2. By Ahmed on Jan 13, 2014

    Great to hear of the political progress. Somali’s in the west, like myself would like to and could eventually return to assist the growth of the nation.

    Thanks for the article.

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