Somaliland

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...
An expanse of an IDP settlement in eastern Somaliland. Allan Gichigi/Oxfam
Sporadic, below average rains and persistent drought since 2016 sees an estimated 1.7 million people in critical need of humanitarian assistance in Somaliland, a figure ballooning by hundreds of thousands in recent months. Communal water resources are drying up at an alarming rate, forcing...
A woman stands outside a shop in eastern Somaliland. Allan Gichigi/Oxfam
Women in Somaliland have less than half the opportunities of men in economics, politics, and education reveals the first-ever comprehensive assessment of the gender gap in Somaliland. Based on 1,200 surveys across Somaliland and qualitative data, inequality is highest in the political sphere, with...
Some of the youth representatives in the leadership training by SONYO. Dustin Barter/Oxfam
Youth in Somaliland are challenging societal norms to make sure they are fairly included and represented in parliament.
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...

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