Tag: Somalia

6 November 2013 | Ed Pomfret

Each year, Somali migrants around the world send approximately $1.3 billion home to family and friends in Somalia. An estimated 40 percent of the population in Somalia depend on these remittances. This lifeline is currently under threat, but we are campaigning to keep it open.

15 October 2013 | Céline Grey

I was on my bike very early this morning to join a group of Somali campaigners who are calling on Barclays to keep open the cash lifeline to Somalia.

29 May 2013 | Winnie Byanyima

I recently spent three days in Africa’s capital, Addis Ababa, the seat of the African Union. During this time, there was a flurry of activity in the margins of the AU summit but I found my own space to talk to various people about Oxfam’s work. The three days were concluded by attending an activity called “50 Voices, 50 Places”, organized by Oxfam’s Rights in Crisis team.

7 May 2013 | Ed Pomfret

Last week the UN revealed for the first time that more than a quarter of a million people died in Somalia over 18 months from October 2010-April 2012. These figures are shockingly high especially when you think about the fact that most of the deaths were probably preventable if the world had just reacted sooner to the warnings that were coming out of the region as the rains started to fail in 2010.

13 November 2012 | Jesse Kinyanjui

In Somalia, one of the most difficult and dangerous places for aid agencies to work, the conflict has left many communities hard to reach. Mobile phones offer an innovative way of educating such communities with life-saving information.

16 October 2012 | Ed Pomfret

Following last year’s food crisis in Somalia which affected millions of people, the humanitarian situation in the country has largely fallen off the news agenda.

8 October 2012 | Geno Teofilo

Flooding from the overflowing Shabelle River left more than 10 people dead in the town of Beletweyne at the end of September. Other reports put the death toll as high as 55, with many still missing. More than 8,000 families have been displaced by the flooding, which took place in Somalia’s central region of Hiraan.

2 October 2012 | Laurent Le Gouanvic

From Geneva’s prestigious “Bâtiment des Forces motrices”, where the 2012 Nansen Refugee Award ceremony was organized yesterday evening, it was quite hard to imagine the extremely difficult circumstances in which Hawa Aden Mohamed has been working since 1999, the year she co-founded the GECPD (Galkayo Education Center for Peace and Development), an Oxfam’s partner organization in Somalia.

1 October 2012 | Geno Teofilo

Hawa Aden Mohamed, the founder and director of an Oxfam's partner organization in Somalia, the Galkayo Education Center, which this blog post - initially pubslihed in August 2012 - is about, has won the UNHCR's Nansen Refugee Award "for her exceptional, tireless and inspiring humanitarian work for Somalia’s refugee and displaced girls and women."

17 July 2012 | Ed Pomfret

It is one year since the UN declared Somalia as being in “famine”. But despite the cameras moving elsewhere the emergency is far from over – right now over a quarter of the country’s population are still in food crisis – relying on humanitarian aid to survive. Added to this recent poor rains mean that over a million more could fall back into crisis if early warnings are not acted upon immediately.

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