Lifesaving WASH interventions in response to the eviction from and subsequent destruction of IDP settlements in Mogadishu, Somalia

The forced eviction and destruction of settlements that occurred on December 29th, 2017 in K13 camps in Kaxda District, Mogadishu, led to a displacement of over 24,000 IDPs. Due to the eviction being carried out without prior notice, families had to flee their homes without their belongings and seek shelter in nearby settlements. The scale of the eviction required an immediate scale up of humanitarian assistance to accommodate the needs of the large displaced population.

Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) currently operating in the region was able to swiftly respond to the sudden influx of IDPs and accommodate the needs of 2,000 families evicted from nearby camps within 48 hours of their arrival. PAH provided them with access to water, hygiene items and is now in the process of assessing their further needs and planning interventions that would provide longer term solutions (i.e. construction of permanent water kiosks instead of temporary water sources; construction of latrines; etc.).

PAH’s work in the Kaxda District is focused on providing lifesaving WASH assistance to IDP settlements. The organization enables access to WASH services through direct provision of water, rehabilitation and development of water sources and systems, constructions of emergency latrines, hygiene promotion and hygiene kits distribution. These activities are an element of PAH’s humanitarian response in South Central Somalia that is being funded by EU Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) and UNICEF.

The UNICEF funded project is the most recent action implemented by PAH. It aims to reach 175,000 IDPs in Banaadir, Lower and Middle Shabelle with emergency WASH support. The project will provide emergency water supply to IDPs through vouchers, water trucking or pipeline extensions. Additionally, the action will aim to provide sustained access to water by installing solar powered water supply systems in IDP settlements, schools and learning spaces.

Moreover, the project’s objective is to reach targeted communities with knowledge and means to alleviate harmful hygiene and sanitation practices. With that goal in mind, PAH will organise hygiene promotion activities, distribute hygiene kits (including soap, bucket, jerry cans, aqua tabs, water maker) and support provision of improved sanitation facilities. The project also aims to eliminate open defecation by implementing Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) in 3 communities, and strengthening capacities for scale up and sustainability of Open Defecation Free (ODF) communities.