I am 40 years old, and the father of two children aged nine and seven. I worked in Yemen as a tailor for 25 years.
When I was a young boy, I yearned to leave Somalia. I wanted to travel wherever my feet could carry me, in search of a better life. Eventually, I attempted to travel to Europe through Libya.
I lived with my family in Al Mukalla, Yemen for close to 10 years. We had a blessed life together. When the war broke out, we thought it would pass.
It has been almost 2 years since Somali refugees in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, one of the world largest refugee camps, started returning to Somalia.
Diaspora remittances are a lifeline for many in Somalia. In 2015 it was estimated that a total of USD 1.4 billion was sent back to the country by Somalis abroad.
Somalia - On 8 October the International Organization for Migration (IOM), with funding from the US Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugee and Migration (PRM), supported
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.
Thirty-two-year-old Diini Abdi Yusuf travelled 1,541 kilometres because he needed an income. It was a decision, he says, he wishes he had never made.
Somaliland – As with many post-conflict countries, Somaliland is facing a number of challenges in the health sector including limited access to health care facilities and services especially in the rural areas. The IOM mission in Somalia is committed to improving the health conditions of migrants and host communities through better health service delivery and capacity building by promoting equal access to migrant-friendly and comprehensive health care services.
Hargeisa Group of Hospital Neonatal Wing Brings More Hopes to Mothers and their Babies in Somaliland
Health care delivery in Somalia is in critical state with some of the worst health indicators. WHO estimates 61 per 1,000 new-born infants die within their first month of life which is the highest neonatal mortality rate in the world.
Somalia - My ten-year journey with IOM has taken me to many difference places, through which I have interacted with this world’s wonderful people and experienced their culture to the fullest.
The nearly over two decades of conflict in Somalia destroyed infrastructure and social systems leading to shocks such as price fluctuations, poor rainfall, potential eruption of resourced-based con