SOMESHA worried Somalia’s 2012 humanitarian access

Somalia has been mired in famine and violence, spurred by the efforts of Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked militant group that has waged war against the country’s weak transitional federal government. The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) is going to articulate its viewpoint regarding Somalia’s current humanitarian situation. Although the year of 2011, Somalia faced the most humanitarian crisis in the world as the country has been under famine and severe droughts.

Late on 2011, the Islamist militias of Shabab have closed down nearby 20 UN and humanitarian aid agencies along with little number of local NGOs working in famine damaged Somalia accusing them of political involvement and creation of indirect Christianity plan in parties of Somalia.

Shabab said as “undermining the livelihoods and cultural values of the population through the pervasive practice of corruption and bribery as means of operation and Working vigorously in partnership with several organizations in order to exploit the country of its natural resources, acting as an impediment to the people’s ability to reach long term sustainability through the preservation and management of their natural resources   in a self-determined manner. The office for supervising the affairs of foreign agencies (OSAFA) has decided to permanently revoke the permissions of the following organizations to operate inside Somalia”.

  1. Office of the United Nations High Commisioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
  2. World Health Organization (WHO).
  3. United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
  4. United Nations Pupolation Fun (UNFPA).
  5. United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF).
  6. Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU).
  7. Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
  8. Danish Refugee Council (DRC).
  9. Concern Worldwide
  10. Norwegian Church Aid (NCA).
  11. Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI).
  12. Swedish African Welfare Allaience (SAWA).
  13. German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ).
  14. Action Contre la Faim (ACF).
  15. Solidarity
  16. Sacid, local NGO

Three UN World Food Progamme workers were killed at Mataban district in Central Somalia, on December 12, 2011. These workers were part of a team from WFP who were assigned to monitor food distribution in the area.

In the Somali capital of Mogadishu, two Foreign Aid Workers working with Medicine Sans Frontiers [Belgium] were murdered on Friday December 29, 2011 by an MSF worker, and had the title of deputy logistic officer, but some couple of days he was terminated from the job after having failed to handle his job as required.  Before killing he triad but botched to manage if he can abduct them and take into custody.

According to MSF the two victims were as 53-year-old Phillipe Havet of Belgium, who was described as an experienced emergency coordinator who had worked with the agency since 2000 in Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Lebanon, Sierra Leone and South Africa. And Andrias Karel Keiluhu, a 44-year-old doctor who had worked with MSF since 1998 in his native Indonesia as well as Ethiopia, Thailand and Somalia, the aid agency said.

A new year is currently beginning although the humanitarian crises in Somalia are still continuous to be a devastating one with a lot of worry. In general there is gaps and greater lack of health facility in terms of the accessibility of health facilities, materials and other essential drugs. Particularly south and central Somalia there is exceptional emergency conditions to vulnerable people and importance of filling the existing gaps and provides health services to the populations of returnees and IDPs in the liberated area of Mogadishu and other regions in south and central Somalia.

On December 12, 2012 another local NGO leader was killed in central Somalia by the Islamist hardliners of Shabab. Late Abdikarim Hashi Kadiye was a good and active humanitarian worker who heads a local NGO called Towfiq.

The reason was killed is not known but it’s widely believed that he was died the article written on the IRIN Website; read the following link:

http://afrikanews.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=397&Itemid=26

SOMESHA Recommendations:

  1.  The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) would like to give advice the international Humanitarian Organizations, UN agencies and donor communities to not give up and double their ground activities in Somalia by using Somalia NGO’s.
  1. In terms of the security, SOMESHA acknowledged that there is a hired extremist youth graduated from different universities locally and globally and their mission is to look for a job as humanitarian worker in order to plan and facilitate the assassinations as well doing monitoring and evaluation against the humanitarian aid organizations both nationally and international level.

 

  1. You need to avoid the community conflicts based on intr-ethnic violence and land disputes as well take a close look for how the area you are willing to work is as categories such as;

a)     The community leaders including elders, religious leaders and government authorities.

  1. Somalia has been under religiously motivated conflict and violence since 2005 so it’s better to underline that everything can happen though SOMESHA and the other local well wishers will help with you in order to improve the quality of your support without feeling fear and reprisal.
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