Our Founder's Message This #GivingTuesday

Published December 5, 2016 by Fatima Jibrell

Pastoral livestock dying in the hundreds leaving families with nothing to sustain them. Meladeen Bari Region

My dear friends,

I and a member of the Adeso team in Somalia recently travelled to the field and saw the catastrophic impact of the drought in areas in East and West Sanaag, Bari, Nugal, and Karkar.  In areas far and beyond the tarmac roads linking major cities. The devastating drought has revealed itself in the disastrous reality that people are living in. Some of these areas have experienced 2 years of drought, others even 3years. Adeso teams reporting from other parts in northern Somalia have shared similar and even worse stories of the situation in Northern Somalia and Somaliland.

From plains, the valleys, mountains to the coastal areas of Sanaag and Bari regions, people are devastated indiscriminately, having nowhere to go and no one to help alleviate their struggle. A situation that is called ‘isoma ciirsato’ - which translates to ‘no one can help the other’, is ruling the lands. The traditional Somali welfare system which is called ‘I su ciirsatu’- community members helping each other in dire situations- is no longer active because everyone is equally devastated.

Somalis in Somalia and Somaliland are trying their best to help, collecting donations from their community members in Mosques, schools and local markets to relieve the suffering of their brothers and sisters. However, this system is breaking down because the towns are dependent on the livestock economy for survival. This is no longer sustaining them. The livestock are dying in the millions.

Almost all villages and towns are now encroached by the drought. Shops and restaurants have closed business. Transport, especially water trucks, has stopped. Water tankers are parked due to lack on diesel and spare parts. All these businesses have closed down because there is no money exchanging hands; pastoralists have borrowed and borrowed until the credit system has collapsed. The local markets are pretty much dead at the moment.

To resurrect the pastoral economy and help the people survive through the drought, we have to put cash into the hands of the people.

Adeso successfully implemented this cash transfer approach during the 2011 drought which revived the village markets and brought the villages back to life. Allowing cash to circulate fast, revived the dead economy in a very short time.

Brothers and sisters, let’s not wait for another Baidoa scenario of 1992.

It’s often true that international aid arrives by the time millions of people have died. In this situation, millions of livestock have died across Somalia and Somaliland and human death will follow if we don’t act now.

Let’s come together and join our voices, hearts and giving hands to support these pastoral families.

Today being the International day of giving, I appeal to you to support by donating.Do not wait till tomorrow to help save a life. Even one dollar can get a family a plate of plain rice for a meal. Your donation will support families in Northern Somalia and Somaliland.

PS: Your donations will go directly to the people in need. I, Fatima Jibrell, will directly supervise the transfer of this money to the people. The cost of distribution of your donation will be covered by Adeso. If interested, I can share a report on how this money was distributed with you upon request.


Fatima Jibrell- Founder, Adeso.