Somalia

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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...
A woman stands outside her shop in Fadhi Gaab area in Somaliland. Allan Gichigi/Oxfam
Women in Somaliland have less than half the opportunities afforded to men and are twice as unlikely as men to be employed. Even worse, out of 164 members of parliament, only one is a woman. The purpose of this study, the first of its kind in Somaliland, is to generate evidence on and better...
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.
A woman and her son at the Karashaka IDP camp in Somaliland. Allan Gichigi/Oxfam
As 2018 comes to a close, we look at Oxfam and partners work during the past quarter. Despite drought and armed conflict retaining a tight grip throughout many parts of the country, urban youth building up the local tech sector and women in remote areas advancing gender equality, are just a show of...
A man standing by carcasses of livestock in Somaliland. Allan Gichigi / Oxfam
Both inequality and climate change are hot topics, gaining traction as the bleak effects set in, but the intersection of the two demands far more attention and action. If we want to get serious on climate change, we must tackle inequality, and vice versa. Nowhere was this starker for me than on a...

Somalia

Somalia faces some of the most severe humanitarian and development challenges in the world, exacerbated by ongoing armed conflict in parts of the country and intense, recurrent droughts. Of a population of approximately 11 million people, 2.6 million are displaced and a total of 5.4 million are in need of humanitarian assistance.

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