Liben zone is an arid region in the southeast of Ethiopia regularly hit by severe droughts. In 2012 and 2013 in the Dhekasuftu district alone more than 2,000 households were displaced because of drought. Recognizing the severity of the recurrent droughts, its effect on pastoral livelihood and the need to work in a consortium and multi-sector intervention, I led the planning and implementation of a project called: ‘Building resilience through integrated multi-sector interventions in drought-prone areas of Liben zone of Somali Region, Ethiopia’.
Hurricane Irma has left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean last September. The Dutch island of Saint Martin was one of the hardest hit areas and quickly after the disaster, Cordaid started a fundraising campaign in The Netherlands for disaster relief.
“Rains have flooded and damaged our huts and fields. Drinking water is scarce and diseases are making life even more precarious.” This is how the internally displaced population in Bocaranga, in the western region of the Central African Republic, described their current living situation to the Cordaid team.
“Water is coming!”
The last year has seen significant global challenges, including an unprecedented level of humanitarian need, rising inequality and exclusion, growing climate change impacts, and increasing threats to our shared security. Nevertheless, the international community has taken important steps in addressing these challenges by implementing the recent bold commitments to foster sustainable peace.
Cordaid has come into action for Hurricane Irma’s victims. Initially, we provide 200,000 euros for emergency aid in the affected areas.
The inhabitants of Saint Maarten and surrounding islands suffer from the consequences of the devastation. Now that a large part of the island’s infrastructure has been wiped out and with new hurricanes possibly hitting the region, Cordaid calls on the Dutch population to support aid efforts in the Caribbean.