Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Luban - Oct 2018
- Somalia: Polio Outbreak - Aug 2018
- Tropical Cyclone Mekunu - May 2018
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Somalia: Flash Floods - Apr 2018
- Somalia: Measles Outbreak - Dec 2016
- Somalia: Floods - May 2016
- Somalia: Cholera Outbreak - Apr 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Megh - Nov 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Chapala - Nov 2015
Most read reports
- Aid agencies estimate that 4.2 million people in Somalia will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2019
- National Micronutrient Survey launched in Somalia [EN/SO]
- 2019 Somalia Humanitarian Needs Overview
- Humanitarian Bulletin Somalia, 1 - 31 December 2018 [EN/SO]
- Somalia CCCM Cluster Dashboard - December 2018
1. Executive summary
Increasing number of refugees in the Horn of Africa
by LKO, 2017/02/03
There is not enough water, more and more cattle is dying and food supplies are already short: for years now it has not rained sufficiently in the Horn of Africa and the fear is growing that this will lead to a recurrence of the latest famine, which claimed the lives of 260.000 people in 2011.
by Nora Parasie, 2016/08/23
Instead of relaxing and taking a rest from her teaching profession during her summer vacation, the Hamburg teacher Nora Parasie took off to what seemed like a different world: as a voluntary humedica intervention team member she went to the refugee camp Melkadida, situated approximately 6.000 km away at the Ethiopian-Somali border, to assist the local team in providing medical care for the people. In her following first report from Ethiopia she talks about what kind of adventures you have to expect when undertaking such a journey.
by LKO, 2016/02/27
In our article series on El Niño we already dealt with the question what this climate phenomenon exactly is. We also had the opportunity to talk to the climate expert Mojib Latif about his forecast on possible consequences of this phenomenon.
EPILEPSY AND LIFE ON THE RUN
Chronic diseases such as diabetes, epilepsy or hypertension are a great challenge for affected persons worldwide. If the home of the patients is not the Western part of the world, where good medical care is provided, but a poor refugee camp in Africa, this challenge can quickly become a fight for survival.
They arrive in overloaded boats, unprotected, bringing with them only the hope for a better life – the African refugees’ passage to Europe resembles a long odyssey over the open Mediterranean Sea, to which not all of them survive.
Those who arrive at the Italian coast will, first of all, go to one of the overcrowded reception camps. These are places, which make their previous hopes fade away and put a hard reality into the foreground.
Slowly but surely more and more every-day routine establishes itself at the Melkadida refugee camp at the Ethiopian-Somali border: people cook and clean, sleep, laugh and cry, children go to school and people suffering from physical complaints attend a doctor. In order to treat the ill, humedica runs a health station for the 40,000 refugees at camp close to the city of Dollo Ado.
Since October of last year, humedica has been running a health centre at the Melkadida refugee camp in the south of Ethiopia. What had started with makeshift, but nevertheless professional treatment and supply tents, is now taking shape in form of completely new and improved buildings.
Originally, the idea of building a humedica health centre arose from the simple wish to expand medical care at Melkadida also to the more remote areas and parts of the refugee camp.
In order to survive, they had to leave behind their normal lives. Entire families fled their homes, taking with them only what they could carry themselves.
They hoped to find peace and a place to live. But the journey to get there was far from easy. It rather involved serious dangers.
Many of those who live at the Melkadida refugee camp, already shared a similar fate on their journey to the camp. Hunger, drought and violence were the reasons they left their home country Somalia. Often, they travelled for days or weeks in order to reach the reception camp at Dollo Ado.
“Dollo Ado in the south of Ethiopia is a town close to the Somalian border. Over the last few months ten thousands of desperate people have been longing to reach this destination. They came here in order to escape the consequences of the drought in their home country Somalia.