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Local organizations have often been the first to raise alarms about, and respond to, most emergencies due to their proximity to and close relationships with affected populations, often risking their lives. Now, at a time when most internationals are themselves affected by the ongoing pandemic and...
Today, we celebrate Somalia for reaching the HIPC (Heavily Indebted Poor Countries) Decision Point for debt relief that will enable the country to access new financial resources to invest in healthcare and other basic services, even more, urgent now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
In July 2018, the Oxfam Regional Platform in the Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA) region commissioned a political and economic analysis on the overall development situation in the region, titled “Oxfam in HECA Region Political Review: Issues and Implications”. The review found that urbanisation...
Hamze Somalia poet cover photo. Oxfam
Surrounded by beautiful mountains and eye-catching scenery, Borama, a town on the Ethiopian border, is a center of learning and the home of Amoud University, the first opened in Somaliland. Presidents, politicians, business-people, and poets have graduated from this famous university – it’s the...
Women walk carrying a water jerry can in the Eilmidgan Village, eastern Somaliland. Pablo Tosco/Oxfam
Failing and intermittent rains are wreaking havoc in Somalia and Somaliland, but we are increasingly asking, is anyone listening? 2.2 million people are facing extreme hunger and 5.4 million need humanitarian assistance as of May’s end. It’s a staggering 15% increase from 4.6 million in December...
Fadumo in her shop in Hargeisa. AbdiAziz Adani/Oxfam
By AbdiAziz Adani "It was the first time I submitted a case to the court. I didn't know where to start and what to do. It was very frustrating," said Fadumo a mother of four living in Hargeisa, who recently had to seek legal redress in one of Somaliland’s courts. "I wasn't able to hire a lawyer...
Women at a water point in eastern Somaliland. Pablo Tosco/Oxfam
Oxfam and partners delivered significant achievements during the first quarter of 2019, amidst a backdrop of a deteriorating humanitarian situation in Somalia and Somaliland, as drought intensifies. What we are most proud of achieving this quarter includes the launch of Somaliland's first ever...
Aafi working on his computer. Dustin Barter/Oxfam
By AbdiAziz Adani “It’s very frustrating for me and other youth to be unemployed. Everyone expects us to grow up and provide for our family. If youth can’t get a job and can’t provide for the family, we are not respected and not seen as adults” explains Aafi Abdirahman, a young graduate from...
Khadija at a community meeting in eastern Somaliland. (Oxfam)
By AbdiAziz Adani "It’s exclusionary. When only men are making decisions that affect women, and no women are involved, women can feel injustice. Women are often not even informed of the decision-making,'' says Khadija, a women's rights activist in eastern Somaliland. "There are many problems in...
Women collecting water from a water tank in eastern Somaliland. Dustin Barter/Oxfam
This briefing note draws attention to some of the main drought-related protection and gender concerns for displaced people in Somaliland and calls for comprehensive and sustained action by all stakeholders.

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