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Intro to Somalia

Somalia is a nation of instability, famine, poverty, and violence. The battles of the Somali people are extensive and never seem to end. With the collapse of Somalia’s Central Government and the rise of warlords and militias, the hopes of peacemaking and peacekeeping have been ignored and nearly forgotten.

Somali Children

Picture retrieved from Islamic relief.com

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January 15, 2008 Posted by | A.Introduction | Leave a comment

Somalia Quick Facts

  • Bordered by: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Gulf of Aden, and the Indian Ocean
  • Capital: Mogadishu
  • Climate: Usually hot, floods during the rainy season, droughts during the off season
  • Population: Estimated 9,118,773 in 2007
  • Languages: Somali, Arabic, Italian, and English
  • Popular Religion: Sunni Muslim
  • Foods Include: Beans, Bananas, Cowpeas, Dates, Squash, Tomatoes, Onions, Mangoes, Papaya
  • Arts: Music and Poetry are popular
  • Sports: Football

Map of Somalia

Image retrieved from www.map-of-africa.co.uk/images/somalia-map.gif

January 15, 2008 Posted by | B. Somali Facts | Leave a comment

Somalia in a Brief Lime Light

Operation Restore Hope Operation Restore Hope managed to make its way to the cover of Time magazine on Monday, December 21, 1992. Writer Jill Solowe gives the reader a behind the scenes look at the operation that had high expectations among the Somali people for the U.S. troops. The U.S. was backed by ten other nations in their endeavor to “restore hope.” Click the magazine cover for the full cover story.

January 15, 2008 Posted by | C. Somalia in the Media | Leave a comment

Somalia in View

The somali people talk about their everyday struggle for food and safety. Thousands have fled their homes to get away from the violence and others have failed. In this video, we get an up close and personal view of the real Somalia.

January 15, 2008 Posted by | D. The Real Somalia | Leave a comment

Issues of the Somali People

Between October 27th and 30th, 2007 and estimated 88,000 people fled Somalia because of violence and famine. Not only were these people escaping violence but they were leaving their homes, being separated from their families, and some were killed while trying to flee. Those who did get away, fled to places where there were thousands of other people running from the same problem. The issue there is that the people were going to places that had little or no access by humanitarian relief and like most places, there is a limited capacity. Less than 30% of the population has access to clean water. Clan leaders, warlords, and unruly militiamen make it very difficult for humanitarian relief workers to help stabilize Somalia. They threat, fight, bomb, and kidnap aid workers in the process of lending a helping hand to this nation.Clan leaders and militia men have displaced about 375,000 Somali people. They don’t understand that they’re there to help, not harm. Few of the Somali people are able to receive vaccinations for popular diseases like measles and cholera. It has been estimated that about 87% of Somalis are at risk of malaria. These diseases effect unborn Somali children as well. The infant mortality rate is about 225 per every 1,000 births. The main causes for these deaths are diarrhoeal disease, respiratory problems, and the aforementioned malaria. 

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January 15, 2008 Posted by | E. Problems | Leave a comment

What’s Being Done?

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The U.S. implemented “hit- and- run humanitarianism” for relief. Humanitarian aid workers run in and out of Somalia to deliver food and immunizations in an aid invasion.

The U.N. implemented “beach landing” in Marka and delivered 3,500 tons of food for a month

Oxfam is working with several partner agencies to provide funding and tech assistance to allow them to deliver aid to displaced people in the areas surrounding Mogadishu. They are working to provide water, sanitation, shelter, food, household necessities, and psycho- social help.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is another organization working toward the relief of the Somali people. Their main focuses are health care, humanitarian values, and capacity development.

January 15, 2008 Posted by | F. Solutions | Leave a comment

For the Children

UNICEF received an 8.8 million dollar grant from The Global Fund to aid in the fight against Malaria, AIDS, and Tuberculosis. Nearly 33,000 insecticide treated bed nets were distributed to help prevent Malaria. Vaccinations against measles and diphtheria were delivered along with vitamin A supplements to about a million. UNICEF and it’s partners have delivered meals to about 11,000 malnourished children monthly. UNICEF is also working toward protecting these vulnerable children from sexual abuse, female genital mutilation, and child prostitution.

January 15, 2008 Posted by | F. Solutions | Leave a comment

After Thoughts

If journalists and broadcasters continue to publish stories about the Somali people and their oppression, it will bring more attention to the problem. Hopefully more attention will bring more concern. With more people concerned about the issue comes more ideas to help bring the problems to an end and more hands to help with the work that it’s going to take. I feel that the biggest issue is that there aren’t enough people who are aware of the problem, therefore they cant be a part of the solution. I think that with all of the humanitarian relief workers that are available and passionate about what they do, there is a possibility of changing Somalia around. There has to be a way to communicate to them that the aid being provided to them is sincere and the conflict lies in their mistrust. We have to find a way to make these people understand that there is am much better way of life for them if the violence and resistance comes to a halt. Innocent people are spending their days wondering if they’re going to be able to eat, barely grasping onto life. Violence serves as the main force, driving people from their homes in an attempt to minimize the population. These people are suffering problems that are nothing short of terror. Men and especially women are brutalized, children are forced into premature adulthood by acts like prostitution, and babies are born with more diseases than one could imagine. Is outside involvement going to help rebuild this nation? Will this unjust behavior ever come to an end? Let’s just keep our fingers crossed. 

January 15, 2008 Posted by | G. Analysis | Leave a comment

Straight To the Source

Oxfam. Conflict in Somalia- 2008. Jan.16. (2008. Jan.16) Retrieved Jan. 17, 2008 from http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/MMAH-7AX97E?OpenDocument

Worldinfozone Ltd. Somalia Information. (1997-2008) Retrieved Jan.17,2008 fromhttp://www.worldinfozone.com/country.php?country=Somalia

Islamic Relief Worldwide. (January 4, 2007). Retrieved Jan.18, 2008 from www.islamic-relief.com/…/somalia_crisis.htm

Unicef. (January 9, 2007). Retrieved Jan.18, 2008 from http://www.unicef.org/somalia/ 

January 15, 2008 Posted by | H. References | Leave a comment