SOMALIA / XUDUR HUNGER DISPLACED

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12-Aug-2021 00:05:40
A high-level delegation made up by Somali government ministers as well as United Nations officials visited displaced Somalis sheltering in besieged town of Xudur, some 350 kilometers north of capital Mogadishu, to assess the humanitarian needs of the population. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / XUDUR HUNGER DISPLACED
TRT: 5:40
SOURCE: UNSOM STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS
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LANGUAGE: SOMALI /ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 17 JULY 2021, XUDUR, SOMALIA

SHOTLIST:

1.Wide shot, UN humanitarian plane takes off
2.Various shots, delegation onboard
3.Med shot, view from the inside of a plane landing at Xudur airfield
4.Wide shot, plane landing
5.Wide shot, Minister Arush, gets off the plane
6.Wide shot, Minister Arush of Southwest State welcomes the delegation
7.Med shot, team briefing for the minister on arrival
8.Tracking shot, Madaxwaarabe IDP camp
9. Wide shot, Madaxwaarabe IDP camp
10. Wide shot, Fatuma sitting under a tree at Madaxwaarabe IDP camp
11.Close up, Fatuma sitting outside her makeshift house
12.Wide shot, Fatuma sitting
13.SOUNDBITE (Somali) Fatuma Nishow Aliyow, 80-year-old Internally Displaced Person at Madahwaraabe IDP camp:
“We have not cooked for the last 4 days because we have no food to eat. We are starving. We badly need to be supported.”
14. Close up, empty cooking fireplace
15. Wide shot, Daleeley IDP camp
16. Pan left, a roof made out of paper boxes and sticks
17. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Fatuma Nishow Aliyow, 80-year-old Internally Displaced Person at Madahwaraabe IDP camp:
“We fled Al-Shabaab. They chased us, forcing us to seek shelter and support in this camp. We are desperate, starving, and need something to eat,”
18. Med shot, delegation visits Daleeley IDP camp
19. Wide shot, women at the Daleeley IDP camp
20. Wide shot, Daleeley IDP camp
21. Wide shot, Nur walks to his shelter
22. Med shot, Mohamedkheyr Nur enters his tent
23. Close up, Mohamedkheyr Nur in bed
24.Tilt down, Mohamedkheyr Nur inside his house
25.Wide shot, delegation talking to Mohamedkheyr Nur
26.Close up, Olga Cherevko
27.SOUNDBITE (Somali) Mohamedkheyr Nur, 75-year-old displaced father of 10 children at Daleeley IDP camp:
“My request to the donors is that I am a displaced person who lives here. We depend entirely on humanitarian agencies and God for our survival. We are really suffering and we request for food, decent shelter and school. We need a lot of support.”
30.Med shot, Minister Arush talking to the water engineers at Xudur water station
31. Close up, water meter
32. Close up, water tank
33. Close up, water tank being filled
34. Wide shot, solar panels
35. Various shots, delegation at water station
36. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Abdinasir Arush, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Southwest West State of Somalia:
“These IDPs have many challenges. They were forced to flee their homes where they lived for many years and where they had their livelihood, they now have no proper shelter, there is also very little food in the town as a result of the blockade and water is also scarce. These basic needs are their biggest challenge.”
40. Wide shot, delegation in a meeting with the Xudur district administration officials
41. Close up, Minister Arush of Southwest speaking
42. Close up, administration officials at the meeting
43. Close up, Olga Cherevko listening
44. Med shot, Xudur District Commissioner Mohamed Maalim Ahmed speaking
45. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Mohamed Maalim Ahmed, Xudur District Commissioner
“This problem of displacement has been recurring. But what these IDPs here need most is one is security, they need their safety to be guaranteed having been forced to leave their homes by conflict, secondly, they need humanitarian assistance, we appeal to the donors to support them.”
46. Wide shot, UN OCHA and partners meeting
47. Close up, Olga Cherevko taking notes
48. Close up, partner from the MARDO organization speaking
49. Wide shot, UN OCHA and partners meeting
50. Wide shot, team leaving the room after the meeting
51. SOUNDBITE (English) Olga Cherevko, Strategic Communication and Coordination Officer, UN OCHA:
“Gaps still exist, and people are still coming because they are being displaced by conflict and drought.”
52. Wide shot, makeshift houses at Daleeley IDP camp

STORYLINE:

Seated outside her makeshift home in the Madaxwaarabe internally displaced people’s site in Xudur, 80-year-old mother of five Fatuma Nishow Aliyow does not know where her next meal will come from.

“We have not cooked for the last four days because we have no food to eat. We are starving. We badly need to be supported,” she said.

Three months ago, Al-Shabaab militants forcefully evicted Fatuma and her family from their home in Moorigaabey village, 30 km northwest of Xudur. Her five children are staying with relatives and she sends most of the monthly financial assistance she receives in the camp to them. Xudur lies approximately 335 km northwest of the capital Mogadishu.

“We fled Al-Shabaab. They chased us, forcing us to seek shelter and support in this camp. We are desperate, starving, and need something to eat,” she added.

A delegation led by the South West State Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Abdinasir Arush, and including the Director General of Somalia’s Ministry Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Ahmed Abukar Ahmed, the Xudur District Commissioner, Mohamed Maalim Ahmed, and UN officials recently visited Xudur on a humanitarian assessment mission.

The delegation visited Daleeley, Shiidley and Madahwaraabe sites for internally displaced people (IDPs), a maternal and child health care facility and feeding centre, a water pump station, checked on the progress of ongoing projects and interacted with displaced families.

Fatuma’s situation is compounded by an aid blockade. Al-Shabaab has besieged Xudur and neighbouring towns in Bakool region for the last seven years, cutting off road access for humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations. According to media reports, on 4 June, the situation escalated when Al-Shabaab killed six traders and torched 11 trucks laden with food aid bound for Xudur. As many as 4,000 people are reported to have arrived in the area since then.

The blockade has caused food prices to surge in Xudur town, further exacerbating the situation of the displaced families who depend on humanitarian assistance. Flying in this life-saving support is currently the only safe way to provide relief, and recently humanitarian partners managed to airlift food and other supplies into the besieged area. As a result, people who urgently needed humanitarian aid were assisted and the price of a bag of rice dropped from USD 50-69 to USD 26.

Displaced people in Xudur receive USD 70 per family, medical assistance, non-food items and food rations. The money and food are insufficient as more people continue to arrive, thus putting a strain on available assistance.

“My request to the donors is that I am a displaced person who lives here. We depend entirely on humanitarian agencies and God for our survival. We are really suffering. We request food, decent shelter and a school. We need a lot of support,” said 75-year-old Mohamedkheyr Nur, a father of 10 living in Daleeley site for displaced people.

According to Minister Arush, humanitarian response has improved the living conditions of displaced families, though there is a need to scale up interventions.

“These displaced people have many challenges. They were forced to flee their homes where they lived for many years and had their livelihood. They now have no proper shelter; there is also little food in the town due to the blockade. Water is also scarce. These basic needs are their biggest challenge,” he noted.

Somalia has one of the highest numbers of displaced people in the world. Some 2.9 million people - nearly 25 per cent of the population - is displaced.

Climate-related shocks have exacerbated the humanitarian situation in the country. For instance, there are 350 internally displaced people’s sites in South West State, making it one of the worst-hit by displacement Federal Member States. Shiidley residents, too, echoed this sentiment – even if the security situation improves, the drought has taken their crops and livestock so returning home would bring a different set of challenges. Displaced people face risks of eviction, marginalisation and exclusion, and lack of access to essential services like shelter, water and sanitation.

Xudur District Commissioner Mohamed Maalim Ahmed said his administration has resettled IDPs and provided safety; but urged for more humanitarian support from international funding partners.

“This problem of displacement has been recurring. But what these IDPs here need most is one is security, they need their safety to be guaranteed having been forced to leave their homes by conflict, secondly, they need humanitarian assistance, we appeal to the donors to support them.”
,” he added.

The Strategic Communication and Coordination Officer in the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Olga Cherevko, said the situation could worsen if additional resources are not mobilised soon.

“The already existing gaps could increase because more people fleeing conflict and drought,” Cherevko noted.

The humanitarian community has prioritised assistance for 4 million of the most vulnerable people in Somalia in 2021. The 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan seeks USD 1.09 billion to provide life-saving assistance and livelihood support to those most affected. However, only USD 432 million (40 per cent) of the required funding is available, the lowest in six years.
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