Nexus Platform

Drought in Somalia and Somaliland: Lives Teetering on the Edge
JUNE 18 – Failing and intermittent rains are wrecking havoc in Somalia and
Somaliland, but we are increasingly asking, is anyone listening? 2.2 million people are facing extreme hunger and 5.4 million need humanitarian assistance as of May’s end. It’s a staggering 15% increase from 4.6 million in December. Small-scale
emergency funding was recently disbursed but is inadequate for such vast needs. “This massive spike in people requiring humanitarian assistance shows just how fragile the situation is for millions of Somalis. A huge injection of funding is urgently needed to save lives. We know early intervention is the best and most cost-effective
way to save lives, particularly for women and children, who are always the most at risk,” says Amina Haji, Executive Director of Save Somali Women and Children.
As needs become clearer, the UN, national and international organizations and
Somali authorities are consistently raising the alarm, yet the response remains muted. Recent weeks saw some intense, short rain in some locales, which although replenishing some water sources, also caused extensive flooding and damage. For
the majority of Somalis dependent on livestock, who saw their herds decimated in the
2017 drought, there are few animals left to capitalize on any new pasture.
Agricultural production is also severely reduced. It’s a hardship upon hardship for vulnerable Somalis. The situation is dire and only predicted to get worse.
We adhere to a ‘no regrets’ policy rather than a ‘wait and see’ approach that is often too late. We are already acting, but are restrained by lack of support. We already
have a catastrophe, but there’s time to avert the very real possibility of mass
starvation. A massively scaled up response is urgently needed. As a platform for
local NGOs working closely with communities, we expect maximum funding to be
channeled as directly as possible to local organizations to maximize impact.
“The international community has a commitment to increase humanitarian funding to local actors, and nowhere is this more relevant. Local civil society bears the
highest security risks to deliver life-saving assistance to communities that we know
best through our daily outreach. Commitments towards the localization of aid must
be upheld to ensure the best possible response and maximum benefits for extremely
vulnerable communities” says Degan Ali, Director of Adeso.
We must collectively step up to the challenge with context-specific, long-term and
locally driven solutions to problems facing Somalis. This is exactly the reason Nexus
was formed: to respond as a locally led and highly diverse platform of nine local
organizations with an average of over 20 years of experience working directly with all
communities in some of the hardest to reach areas of Somalia.
Nexus is a platform for locally led change, pioneered by Adeso, CPD, GREDO,
HAVOYOCO, KAALO, SSWC, SADO, TASCO, and WASDA, with support from
Oxfam and Save the Children. Nexus: Strong Together.

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