The impact of the recently completed Project on Emergency Support and Recovery in Somalia (PESARS) can be appositely summarised by three beneficiary quotes. The first quote belongs to Hussein Omar Nur, the Head of a major IDP camp in Mogadishu. At first glance, Nur comes across as unapproachable and boorish, but on further probing, he is actually quite gentle and placid! “Euphoric”, is the word he uses to describe how the recently rehabilitated boreholes, berkerds and shallow wells have greatly enhanced living standards at the IDP camp. “When the drought hit us in 2011 and wiped out all our livelihoods, we had little choice but to come and live in these squalid conditions where at least we would be assured of food”, he recalls, while trying hard to keep a brave face.Read more...
It is being called the worst drought in sixty years. Over twelve million people are affected. With little or no rain in two years, regions of Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, and Ethiopia are under severe drought conditions. Portions of Somalia, especially in the south have been officially declared famine zones, by the United Nations.[+video]