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18 Aug 2011 description
report GOAL

The international community is not going to the heart of the Somali famine crisis.
This is the view of the humanitarian agency, GOAL, which has been calling from the outset for the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force to provide corridors for the safe delivery of food and medical aid.

GOAL CEO John O’Shea says: “The international community appears to be almost entirely focussed on refugee camps in Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti, and on feeding programmes in Mogadishu, when these only represent an overspill from the heart of the crisis.

11 Aug 2011 description
report GOAL

Almost three weeks after a famine was declared in two areas of Somalia, and nearly a week after it was extended to a further three regions, thousands of refugees are still flocking over Somalia’s borders to camps in Kenya and Ethiopia.

I have just returned from Dadaab, a desolate town on the Kenyan border, to where 1,300 Somali men, women and children, many of whom have walked for weeks, continue to arrive every day.

20 Jul 2011 description
report GOAL

GOAL is calling upon the United Nations to provide and maintain safe corridors within Somalia to allow aid workers to enter the country and mount a meaningful humanitarian operation.

Appealing to the UN, GOAL CEO John O’Shea said, “Somalia is much too dangerous for aid workers to enter, yet this is where many millions of the worst-affected people are located.

13 Jul 2011 description
report GOAL

GOAL’s initial response to the drought emergency in the Horn of Africa is to provide 300 family size tents for recently arrived refugees from Somalia in the Dadaab camp in east Kenya.

To date, GOAL has allocated €250,000 of its emergency funds to support the organisation’s efforts to alleviate the current suffering in the Horn. This is in addition to the agency’s already established drought-response programmes in Ethiopia, on-going since January 2011, which have supplied clean water, food aid and nutritional treatment for malnourished children.