Somaliland: Drought took their livelihoods



From Somalia

Once a pastoralist, 46-year old Khadija Abdi Kaarshe lost all her livestock during the 2010/11 drought. The drought here lasted for two years, and in just two months, all eight camels and 100 goats and sheep died as they had no access to water or food for their herd or for themselves. Today, she lives in a settlement in Ainabo in eastern Somaliland with her children and her old mother, and along with other internally displaced people. Khadija is a widow since seven years. Her husband fell ill from some disease and was never treated as there were no doctors and they had no means to get help elsewhere. The family now survives from remittances sent by her oldest son, 28, a soldier in the Somaliland army.

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is constructing communal latrines in the settlement for displaced in Ainabo where they live. Not all settlers here have access yet to the communal latrines and they are hoping for more to be built – including Khadija and her family. The bush is theirs and many other displaced families’ only option. Khadja’s mother is old and cannot walk. They need to carry her or transport her in a wheel barrow as also she has not access to safe and dignified sanitation means.

Khadija and what remains of her family, is grateful for Danish Refugee Council’s support to the settlement, as they have no other options and no hope to return to their former nomadic life style and livelihoods. Khadija have managed to get two small goats, but her life as a nomad will never be restored. The settlement in Ainabo for displaced is where generations of proud pastoralist traditions in the family history end.

Danish Refugee Council is providing assistance to displaced in the settlement in Somaliland through funding from European Commission’s Office for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO)