Drought displaces Awedo’s family

Published May 2, 2017 by Muna Ali


Awedo collects old trees branches to build a house for her family near Roox village, Mudug, Somalia

Among the parched desert plants of Roox village, hundreds of pastoral families are battling to survive the ongoing drought. They have lost their livestock; their greatest source of livelihood and nutrition, and their access to credit. As a result, hundreds of them are leaving their homelands to seek sanctuary in nearby villages.  Over the past 6 weeks, Awedo and over a hundred of other people from all over Mudug have arrived near Roox, a small village 50 km north Galkaio of Mudug region.

Awedo and her six children have left their village in a pastoral settlement 2 km north of Roox, to seek refuge and support after losing all their livestock to the drought.  At first, the family tried to live on assistance from relatives but this quickly dried up as the impact of the drought began to affect everyone.  Out of options and desperate, they made one of the hardest decisions a family can make; they packed up their belongings and sought refuge in the nearest village, leaving their lives, families, and friends behind and made a day trek to Roox.

In this newly established IDP settlement, new people arrive every day and in their migration, many of the families have no idea what is waiting for them upon arrival. In many cases, they get stranded in a settlement with no food, water or any humanitarian assistance. “If help doesn’t come soon, we will be burying people because there is no way we can survive,” Awedo says explaining their situation.

Feeding her six children is a challenge that Awedo faces every day. At this point, she only gets to feed them one meal a day. “We are living a day at a time, my children are getting weaker and weaker by the day. There is not anything that I can do, except go and ask for help from the village”

“We pastoralists know all too well about a harsh life. The long walks to fetch water, to find pasture, the cold nights and the windy storms. But this!” she said. “This is way beyond what we can handle. We are hungry and we have exhausted all our survival options. No one has come to help us so far, we have heard of people who received food aid but we have not got any help. Our fate now lies in the mercy of the clouds; all I pray for is that this rainy season doesn’t fail us as well.”

Even though humanitarian partners are stepping up assistance to the drought-affected people in Somalia the need for urgent relief in form of food, water, and cash assistance is needed immediately. Adeso is already on the ground delivering emergency aid to 38 communities in the Sool, Sanaag, Lower Juba and Mudug regions of Somalia/Somaliland. Adeso carried out water trucking in the rural areas in Sanaag and Mudug, rehabilitated community facilities, restored community assets, and provided cash transfers and vouchers for water. In addition to that Adeso powered 6 major boreholes in the two regions to reduce the cost of water for the poor households by 40%, through the provision of fuel subsidy and boreholes repairs.

In the coming few months, Adeso plans to provide emergency relief to more than 370,000 households, supply communities with more than 70,000 litres of water, repair and power 20 boreholes and deliver unconditional cash transfers to affected communities. To learn more about what you can do to help save lives that are struggling to survive what the UN has called “the most devastating humanitarian situation since 1945”, please help us reach more families by donating today

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