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Reference : V-F-CR-F-03492-N
Date : 31/08/2022
Country/Region : SOMALIA
Title : Somalia : cash to build resilience to climate shocks
Duration : 00:04:00
Cameraman : ABDIKARIM, Mohamed
Editor : NG'ANG'A KAMAU, Mark
Person appearing :
NUUR ISMAAN, Hassan (staff member, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
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Cameraman : ABDIKARIM, Mohamed
Editor : NG'ANG'A KAMAU, Mark
Description : In Somalia, 150,000 families in conflict-affected areas have received life-saving cash as they face drought and inflation. This emergency relief is the first in a series of monthly payments to support people pushed out of their homes by the severe drought battering the country.
Through a programme run by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) totaling more than $13 million so far, each family was given $90 to cover the cost of food or other necessary items, “When I received the money, I used $50 to open a small shop. I am using the rest of the money to buy food for my children”, says Dadir Ahmed Adan, who has been living in Shil Gadud displacement camp for the past two months. “I left Bakool region after losing my livestock because of the drought. The rains failed three years, so the animals all died."
The drought has lasted for four consecutive rainy seasons, and its economic impact on the vulnerable communities is aggravated by the protracted armed conflict and rising food and fuel prices. The purpose of cash assistance is to help the most vulnerable people to survive and to minimize their debt. “To travel from Bakool to Beledweyne I used credit. I paid back my debt to the driver after receiving money from ICRC,” Dadir Ahmed Adan explains.
With the next rain due in October, rural families, stripped of their livelihoods, continue to flee to towns, hoping to receive help from relatives and aid groups. More than 30,000 people were displaced in May, 100,000 in June, while July recorded 83,000, according to UN data. Since January 2021, more than a million people are believed to have been displaced because of the drought.
To help people build resilience in the face of the worsening impact of climate shocks, the ICRC supports agricultural cooperatives with training, drought resistant seeds, farming tools and cash for fuel needed to irrigate.
“The cooperatives have a good chance to survive even during this drought”, says Hassan Nur, an agronomist at the ICRC. “People come together as a community and when they are motivated, they use their energy and produce good results."
The ICRC will continue distributing cash assistance to people in the conflict affected areas of Somalia and rehabilitating boreholes and wells.
ICRC will also continue to support primary health care services and mobile health clinics.
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English title : Somalia: cash to build resilience to climate shocks
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