People in urgent need of life-saving assistance in Somalia yet to be reached

Mar 31, 2017

somaliland, hygiene, horn of africa, drought

Large areas of communities in urgent need of life-saving assistance in Somaliland and other regions of Somalia are yet to be reached by the emergency response, warns aid agency CARE International.

Last week, drought-stricken communities in the Somaliland regions of Togdheer, Sool and Sanaag told CARE staff that a number of deaths from water-borne diseases and malnutrition had occurred over the last few weeks and that they feared the numbers would raise quickly if help did not arrive.

CARE in Somalia is scaling up emergency response to provide a total of 1.6 million people with life-saving support in the most affected regions: Sool, Sanaag, Bari, Awdal, Lower Juba and Banadir, including water, food, therapeutic feeding services, cash, plastic sheets, blankets, sleeping mats, kitchen sets and jerry cans, as well as providing psychosocial support and dignity kits for survivors of gender-based violence.

Canadians can donate in support of CARE’s emergency response to hunger crises in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria at: www.care.ca/hungercrisis

 

Quote from Raheel Nazir Chaudhary, country director of CARE Somalia

“Until last week, what we saw in most places, were people on the brink – still coping, but running out of resources. The efforts to prevent another famine after 2011 had paid off and helped them manage three consecutive failed rains – something that speaks to the incredible resilience of these communities. Now as they are entering their fourth season without any rain so far, the situation is dramatically changed.

“Now, what we see are people already past the brink and desperately appealing for help as quickly as possible. Their livestock, on which they depend to survive, lie dead all across the parched landscape. Around villages with some remaining form of water source, camps of internally displaced pastoralists are getting larger by the day, consisting mostly of women and children, who are particularly vulnerable to the health hazards of drinking polluted and increasingly saline water. They need shelter, protection and dignity.

“By now we should be seeing trucks of water and food driving continually back and forth on these roads, but in many areas we are hardly seeing any. We are scrambling to scale up our emergency assistance, but more resources are needed to ensure as many as possible get the help they need. We have maybe only a couple of weeks to avoid a full scale famine. 

“Recognizing that many of the worst affected areas are hard to reach and that significant numbers of pastoralists have not been able to migrate closer to villages and roads, we also need to provide local communities with means of transporting families known to suffer. For months villagers have been picking up vulnerable families by cars, but with inflation, they are running out of fuel.

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CARE has spokespeople available. To arrange an interview, contact:

Darcy Knoll
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada
darcy.knoll@care.ca | +1.613.7902134

 

Photos and b-roll available

Here you will find a collection of photos taken recently from our teams in South Sudan, Somaliland and Yemen. Media outlets are welcome to use these photos at no cost, but please credit appropriately and notify Darcy Knoll if you intend to use them. https://www.careimages.org/?c=3919&k=bb6c3ac514