Shelter ‘key to rebuilding Somali lives’ says UNHCR as 750,000 IDPs set to receive assistance in 2013

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 04 Dec 2012

USD 72m required for Shelter Cluster projects in Consolidated Appeal (CAP) for Somalia

Mogadishu, Tuesday 4th December 2012 - “Shelter is the key to rebuilding the lives and dignity of displaced Somalis,” UNHCR Somalia Representative Bruno Geddo said today as the 2013 Consolidated Appeal (CAP) for Somalia was presented to the Somali Federal Government in Mogadishu. The UNHCR led Emergency Shelter Cluster needs USD 72 million to provide Somalis displaced by drought and conflict with shelter and emergency assistance packs in 2013. The Shelter Cluster is targeting three quarters of a million internally displaced people (IDPs) who are still living in crisis.

“We aim to give 750,000 people in need Emergency Assistance Packages (EAPs), including transitional shelter kits to over 250,000 people. Without the foundation that shelter provides, the level of protection we can offer is reduced. The ability to cope with ongoing nutrition and health issues is diminished and it is more difficult to improve sanitation at internally displaced people’s settlements,” Geddo said.

The Shelter Cluster will continue delivery of emergency assistance through EAPs, provision of transitional shelter from plastic sheeting right through to semi-permanent and permanent shelter, ncluding settlement planning and return of IDPs. A total of 39,000 Somali IDPs are targeted for durable housing based on secure land tenure.

“The transitional shelter approach allows us to provide shelter for all types of IDPs from the recently displaced to protracted IDPs,” said Richard Evans, Emergency Shelter Cluster Coordinator. “Shelter solutions range from a plastic sheeting for a new arrival in Mogadishu to a solid brick house for the long-term displaced in Puntland,” he added.

The 750,000 EAPs each contain plastic sheeting, a jerrican for water collection and storage, blankets, sleeping mats, a kitchen set of vital utensils, as well as sanitary items including soap. A new addition to the emergency assistance package for 2013 is a standard ‘Women's Dignity Kit’ which will contain traditional Somali women's clothing and sanitary items for all female members in a beneficiary family.

The Emergency Shelter Cluster is one of eight clusters responding to the Somalia crisis. The USD 72 million is part of an overall appeal for Somalia of USD 1.3 billion.


Further info: Andy Needham, UNHCR Somalia PI Officer +254 733 120 931

UNHCR Somalia Representative Bruno Geddo is available for interview (English, French, Italian)
Images of and information on the Standardized Women’s Dignity Kit are attached to this release Images of the sanitary wear in production at the GECPD girls' tailoring class in Galkayo, run by 2012 Nansen Refugee Award Laureate Mama Hawa Aden Mohammed, are available on request