Supporting Community Leaders to Provide Sustainable Assistance to Returnees

With funding from The King Salman Humanitarian Aid And Relief Centre, IOM supports community leaders in Bossaso to provide sustainable assistance to Somali returnees fleeing ongoing war in Yemen, IDPs and affected communities. 


The 20 leaders comprised representatives from community elders, village elders, local authority councils, Puntland’s Ministry of Interior, community leaders of Somali returnees residing in Bossaso, and IDP representatives. Photo: IOM / Jama Muse Jama 2016 

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During his opening remarks, Mr. Ahmed Said, a representative of one of the Bossaso Local Authority Councils, said: “The Somalis, Yemenis, and other foreigners fleeing the Yemeni conflict are vulnerable and require all the support they can get. We must also keep in mind that the Bossaso communities receiving all these people must also be supported, otherwise their assistance to the people fleeing the conflict will be limited.” Photo: IOM / Jama Muse Jama 2016

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The top four priorities identified by the community leaders were:  livelihoods support; improvement of community security; hosting community integration sessions; and comprehensive health services. Photo: IOM / Jama Muse Jama 2016

 

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This is part of a USD 10 million project focusing on providing support to those fleeing the Yemen crisis and communities affected by displacement, which is being implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in close coordination with the Somalia Task Force on the Yemen Situation, and respective regional and local authorities. Photo: IOM / Jama Muse Jama 2016

 

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Of the over 32,000 people who have to date fled to Somalia from war-torn Yemen, almost 20,000 will receive protection and emergency assistance through this project. Photo: IOM / Jama Muse Jama 2016

As the situation in Yemen continues to worsen, community leaders in Bossaso, Puntland State of Somalia, have met to brainstorm on ways to more sustainably support the livelihoods and access to basic services of Somali returnees, as well as internally displaced people (IDPs) and the affected community. The top four priorities identified by the community leaders were:  livelihoods support; improvement of community security; hosting community integration sessions; and comprehensive health services.

For further information, please contact: Nasser Alsubaie at KSRelief, Tel: +966.539186339, Email: nasser.alsubaie@ksrelief.org ; Heidrun Salzer at IOM Somalia, Tel: + 252. 617722 436, Email: hsalzer@iom.int ; Julien Navier at UNHCR Nairobi, Tel: +254.732 400 044, Email: navier@unhcr.org .