UNHCR / SOMALIA DROUGHT CONFLICT

24-Oct-2022 00:06:06
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has called for a rapid scale-up of humanitarian assistance to help avert the deteriorating humanitarian situation in drought-hit Somalia. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / SOMALIA DROUGHT CONFLICT
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SOMALI / NATS

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21 OCTOBER 2022, GAAS IDP SITE, GALKAYO, SOMALIA

1. Various shots, children eating food scraps, displaced people, shelters
2. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Sudi Salad Dirie, Displaced Somali:
“You can imagine someone who has lost their livestock and had to leave. We walked for two and a half days, and then someone stopped and gave us a lift along the way. That’s how we got here.”
3. Various shots, Sudi washing dishes
4. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Sudi Salad Dirie, Displaced Somali:
“All of us have been affected by drought before. In the 2017 drought, I had some animals left, but this time, we lost everything. I only have three goats left here.”

22 OCTOBER 2022, GAAS IDP SITE, GALKAYO, SOMALIA

5. Various shots, Grandi walking through the IDP site and interacting with displaced family
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“Hunger doesn’t wait for resources, and homeless people cannot wait for resources. People that do not have a latrine or a clinic to send their children to cannot wait for resources. It is very urgent. It is needed now.”

SEPTEMBER 2022, DOLOW, SOMALIA

7. Various shots, family in makeshift shelter

22 OCTOBER 2022, GAAS IDP SITE, GALKAYO, SOMALIA

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“I also want to appeal to all of us the humanitarian community to accelerate the step up that we have already started. This is now dramatically urgent. We need with the resources of our donors to be present, to be more present to accompany the government and local authorities who are quite overwhelmed by the emergency here.”

SEPTEMBER 2022, DOLOW, SOMALIA

9. Various shots, man showing animal carcass

SEPTEMBER 2022, BAIDOA, SOMALIA

10. Various shots, women, children at clinic

RECENT - JEEHDIN DURABLE SOLUTIONS SITE GALKAYO, SOMALIA

11. Various shots, drone views of site

20 OCTOBER 2022 JEEHDIN DURABLE SOLUTIONS SITE GALKAYO, SOMALIA

12. Various shots, views of site, Fadumo, children
13. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Fadumo Ahmed Mohamed, housing beneficiary:
“Thank God our life has changed; we now have a house, a door to close. We have privacy and dignity. In the past, we lived in a shelter made from rags. The house may not be big enough for the family, but at least we have decent shelter. Most families here are proud of them.”
14. Various shots, Fadumo, children in house

22 OCTOBER 2022 JEEHDIN DURABLE SOLUTIONS SITE GALKAYO, SOMALIA

15. Various shots, Grandi at Fadumo’s house
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“There are a few projects around Somalia that UNHCR is also participating in. In Kismayo and here and other places, and I think these are good models, not so difficult to replicate relatively cost-effective, so we need to invest with the help of not only humanitarian agencies but of development organizations in financial institutions moving forward to really try to give Somalia and the people of Somalia a more hopeful future.”

20 OCTOBER 2022 JEEHDIN DURABLE SOLUTIONS SITE GALKAYO, SOMALIA

17. Various shots, Fadumo, children, house
STORYLINE
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has called for a rapid scale-up of humanitarian assistance to help avert the deteriorating humanitarian situation in drought-hit Somalia.

A catastrophic drought has pushed communities to the brink of famine.

Over 4.3 million people are acutely food insecure across the country as the Horn of Africa region faces its worst drought in 40 years.

Thousands of people have recently been forced to flee their homes in search of food and water for their families and livestock.

The High Commissioner was in the country to assess and discuss the deepening drought emergency, as the Horn of Africa region faces its worst drought in 4 decades.

According to the UNHCR-led Protection and Return Monitoring network, the number of people internally displaced by drought just this year is nearing 1 million, with another nearly 500,000 displaced due to conflict and insecurity in Somalia.

Most of the internally displaced live in difficult conditions in urban and peri-urban settings with very low chances of returning home.

The High Commissioner stressed the need to urgently step-up humanitarian assistance in the country.

Earlier on Friday, Grandi met with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre, and Heads of UN Humanitarian Agencies in Mogadishu to explore durable solutions for displaced populations.

During his two-day mission, the High Commissioner also visited displaced families in Galkayo, central Somalia, who spoke about their challenges in providing for their children.

Grandi also visited the Jeehdin durable solutions site in North Galkayo, where UNHCR works with the government and other partners to provide displaced families with cash assistance, non-food items, and decent shelter.

Grandi reiterated the critical need to invest in livelihoods, resilience, infrastructure development, climate adaptation, and durable solutions to ensure those affected can adapt and thrive in the future.

Over 16,000 Somalis have also crossed into Dollo Ado, Ethiopia, from the end of 2021 to June 2022.

An estimated 20,000 Somali refugees have also arrived in Kenya this year, fleeing a complex mix of conflict and drought.
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