On 15 October 2015, IOM and local implementing partners in settlements for internally displaced people (IDPs) across Somalia joined millions of people around the world to wash their hands with soap at special events marking Global Handwashing Day.
Somali youth face limited opportunities to engage in sports since much of the public infrastructure, such as sports facilities, was destroyed during the civil war. To support youth engagement in sports, IOM worked with the Benadir Regional Administration (BRA) to organize a month-long soccer tournament for the 17 districts of Mogadishu entitled “Sports for Peace”.
Hargeisa Group Hospital (HGH) is the National hospital in the Republic of Somaliland and also the teaching hospital for medical universities in Hargeisa. It is the largest referral hospital in Hargeisa where many patients visit to seek medical services. The hospital’s capacity to deliver better medical services was significantly low due to the limited number of qualified medical practitioners.
Following the collapse of the Somali central government in 1991, the capacity of public institutions has considerably weakened, including government agencies designated to fight corruption and safeguard public property. This lack of accountability and oversight has contributed to the increase of corruption and misuse of public assets.
By Dr. Chiaki Ito
“tp bank”, the organizer of “Ruikatsu”, an event which consists of pop music, moving short films and storytelling, and meant to make audience shed tears to unload stress, donated part of its ticket sales, to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to provide safe water in Somalia. The event was held in Tokyo, Japan on 22 July 2015.
Access to safe and clean water is a major challenge in Somaliland. Burao town in Togdheer region is no exception, and faces water shortages due to the lack of water saving tanks. To tackle this problem, IOM supported Somaliland’s Ministry of Water to install four storage tanks in Burao town.
The prolonged war in Somalia left many youth in Somalia idle or without opportunities to improve their talents. With the support of IOM, the Skills Development Center (SDC) is working with youngsters across Mogadishu to improve their creative talents and to become self-reliant professionals.
The war in Somalia affected the growth and popularity of the local arts and cultural practices. To revive that, IOM is working with Radio Dalsan in Mogadishu and Middle Shabelle to engage the youth in different artistic activities. These include: music and storytelling competitions, art festivals, as well as art exhibits in Mogadishu, Jowhar and Balcad.
By T. Craig Murphy, IOM-Kenya and Dayib Askar, IOM-Somalia
Fathia Mubarik is a 21 year-old Somali refugee who was born in Hargeisa, Somaliland. In 2012, she was granted prima-facie refugee status in Yemen as a Somali national. At the end of May 2015, Fathia decided to escape from Yemen and return to the country she fled. She was single when she left Hargeisa two years ago. She returned with a disabled daughter and having lost contact with her husband, a Yemeni national who disappeared at the start of the Yemen Crisis in late March 2015.
By Hamza Osman
The conflict in Yemen has seen over one million people displaced inside Yemen and approximately 14,000 Somalis who had previously fled the war in their country are now seeking to return to Somalia.
The civil war in Somalia destroyed key public infrastructure facilities such as sport and recreation centers. Without these centers, the youth did not have safe spaces to meet and engage each other. To address this issue, IOM completed the rehabilitation of the Jowhar District Community Center’s basketball court in April 2015.
Since Somaliland declared independence in 1991, it has achieved relative stability. However, Somaliland remains vulnerable to extremism and violent conflict. To promote peace and stability among youth in Somaliland, IOM supports arts and culture in Togdheer Region. Implementing partner, Somaliland Youth Development and Voluntary Organization (SOYDAVO), engages youth through music and drama to promote healthy outlets that encourage self-expression, confidence, and respect among peers.