Most calls to the Radio Ergo feedback platform this week (September 15-21, 2022) raised concerns about continued drought and water scarcity, with displaced communities expressing their desperation. Soaring food prices remained a major concern. Many callers have sought help from aid agencies and the government. A relatively large number of calls this week came from remote areas of Sool region, as well as Sanag and Togdher. Many in the north spoke of wild animals attacking them and invading their water sources. Elsewhere, there have been many calls from the central regions, with others from the southern regions (although the latter are generally less numerous on this platform). Some callers in Galmudug and Hiran noted the added stress caused by the conflict. A quarter of callers this week were women, which is a higher proportion than usual. Here is a summary of the calls by theme.
Aid and displaced persons – A caller from Puntland said WFP food aid had been cut by inflation and they could barely afford matches and soap, while their livestock had died. A caller in Wanlaweyn, L. Shabelle, said local authority officials were diverting aid meant for the many displaced people. A woman calling in Bahdo IDP camp in Adado, Galgadud, said she had no income after losing her livestock. Another in Guriel said she has been a sick mother living in a makeshift shelter since she was displaced. A caller in Buleburte, Hiran, said they had come to the town after losing their animals because they had heard there was help in the camps, but had not received no help. A caller in Dollow, Gedo, said many internally displaced people had arrived in the area, but there was less help than before. A woman calling in Kismayo said they had run out of food in the IDP camps and had been ignored by the government. Elsewhere, a woman who called said 250 families had received mosquito nets from an aid organization but still needed other essential aid.
Conflict – callers in Elasha-Biyaha, Galgadud, said their situation was deteriorating due to drought and conflict. Several callers in Hiran spoke of Al-Shabaab attacks destroying water wells, displaced people fleeing to Beletweyne and the impact of drought without any rain for a long time.
Drought and water shortage – In Somaliland, a caller in Adadley, Marodi Jeh, said livestock had died during the long journey there as many people migrated to the area following recent rains. Among the many callers from Togdher, one caller from Buhodle wanted the authorities to take action against people who were blocking their access to the water well. Others spoke of the lack of water and fodder. A caller in Naq-Dhamiijo said their cattle had died. Among the callers in Sanag, a woman in Dharkeyn near Hingalol said she needed iron sheets to protect their water source from contamination by invading packs of monkeys. A woman calling in El-afweyn said they were between two governments who had both ignored them. The women calling in Goof and Hulul were talking about dead or dying cattle. Another caller said they weren’t reached by any help. In Sool, callers in Hudun and other unnamed places said their livestock had died or been attacked by monkeys and other wildlife, people were in despair and had received no help. Some callers cited illnesses, including diarrhea. One said there was a shortage of food and they were on the brink of starvation, but neither the Puntland nor Somaliland governments had responded. Another said aid organizations had visited them but no help had followed. In Puntland, a caller near Qardho said their cattle were so weak from lack of water and fodder that they could barely move. Several callers in Garowe said the drought was worsening, there was a shortage of food and water and livestock had died. A caller in Galkayo said they needed intervention to deal with water shortages and high inflation. A caller in Shabellow, Mudug, said the drought was getting worse there and people were dying. There were many callers from parts of Galgadud including Abudwak, Adado, Balanbale, Guriel, Dhaghaye, El-dher and Gelinsor about the prolonged and worsening drought. A caller in Adado asked why the Somali government’s special envoy on the drought lacked information and details on the newly displaced IDPs, children and elderly. A caller in Balanbale said cattle were starving. A caller in Guriel said they had no more cattle and were helpless. A woman calling in Galgadud said that in addition to drought relief, they needed free education to keep their children in school. In Hiran, several callers in Beletweyne and Buloburte said people and livestock lacked food and water and needed help. In Middle Shabelle, a caller in Biyo-ade said their wells were dry and the nearest water was 40-50 kilometers away. He said their cattle – their lifeline, were dying. A caller in Wanlaweyn, Lower Shabelle, said a dollar was only worth 55,000 shillings and water was running out. A caller in Boof-gadud, Bay, said aid could not reach them where they were and they were suffering hardship. Callers in Kismayo said water shortages and drought had affected their livestock and children.
Precipitation and prices – A caller in Awdanle, Togdher, said that although they received rainfall, food prices remained high. On the other hand, a caller in Jowhar, Mr Shabelle, said the river level had improved after some rainfall and the price of maize had come down which had improved them.