Since Medina’s family was displaced and living in unsanitary conditions, getting potable water stored in a clean container was a challenge. But thanks to a partnership between Oxfam and the national Somali organization HIJRA, Medina and thousands of other displaced Somalis have received a brand new jerry can.
Oxfam calls on governments meeting at the London Somalia Conference tomorrow to develop a coherent strategy towards the country that shifts away from the emphasis on short term security and anti-terror concerns towards a long term engagement that prioritizes the interests of ordinary Somalis.
New military escalation in Somalia risks harming civilians and undermining efforts to recover from famine, Oxfam said, as the AU military force (AMISOM) and the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) launched a major new offensive in an area where 400,000 people are living in densely populated camps.
Thousands of needless deaths occurred and millions of extra dollars were spent because the international community failed to take decisive action on early warnings of a hunger crisis in East Africa, according to a new report by the international aid agencies Oxfam and Save the Children.
Aid groups urge the U.S. government, the bank and hawala merchants to work together to find a cooperative solution that will not disrupt or delay the transfer of assistance from the Diaspora to Somalia.
European Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs Kristalina Georgieva endorsed today a Charter, launched by leading agencies, to make deadly food crises like the one gripping East Africa a thing of the past.