The political instability and natural catastrophes have affected the livelihood of Somalis dramatically over the years, leading to 1.356.845 people being internally displaced (source: UNHCR). For many years Somalia has been the scene of natural disasters, from severe floods to extreme droughts. These disasters directly affect the degree of self-reliance of communities and the access to primary education. According to the head of the UN refugee agency, the drought in 2011 has been the ‘worst humanitarian disaster’ in the world. In addition to the natural catastrophes, Somalia has been an unstable and unsafe place due to the on-going civil war that started in 1991. Fighting militia often hindered distribution of food and necessary medical means.
The tremendous impact of these calamities on the people in Somalia made HIRDA determined to provide relief services. Thanks to the support and donations of the partners Comic Relief, IDRF, HCI , ETWA, and the Somali diaspora community, HIRDA was able to respond immediately, and implemented its projects to provide relief to many affected internally displaced people in Somalia. In this relief programme HIRDA’s main objectives are to:
- Provide instant relief to internally displaced people (IDPs)
- Make education accessible for IDP
- Provide sanitation facilities and access to clean water in IDP camps.