Victims of War Urgently Need Protection and Humanitarian Assistance
Editor's Note: The following is a joint statement issued and signed on June 24th, 2016 by 12 international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) with operations in Niger in response to recent attacks on civilians. The INGO signatories to the statement are Oxfam, CARE, Help-Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe, Save the Children, Action Against Hunger, International Rescue Committee, CISP, COOPI-Cooperazione Internazionale, Concern Worldwide, ACTED, Mercy Corps, and Plan International.
More than 150,000 people from around the world have today joined 35 aid, faith, development and human rights organizations in backing an unprecedented joint call urging world leaders to press the Israeli government to lift the blockade on Gaza and remove the restrictions on basic building materials needed to reconstruct the coastal strip.
Classer parmi les pays sous développer et ayant l’indice de développement le plus faible au monde, la République Démocratique du Congo fait face depuis plusieurs années à la fuite des cerveaux et de sa main d’œuvre qualifier vers l’étranger en générale et particulièrement vers la République d’Angola voisine avec qui il partage plus de 2500 Km de frontière liquide et terrestre.
“I learnt how to sew clothes, how to sell and identify the profit and loss of my business. At first I did not understand the mathematics but I am now able to do correct calculations,” stated Madina, a trainee.
Madina was one of 22 women from Karaan, Boondheere and Yaaqshiid districts, who were trained on vocational skills in Mogadishu. The training which lasted for two months covered business management, revolving fund and dress making and fabric embroidery.
Gaalkacyo - Before Abdisalan enrolled for masonry classes, he had no income and would spend his days loitering in the streets of Gaalkacyo.
With the support of the Elmidoon project, CISP and the Ministry of Education in Galmudug enrolled 40 unemployed young men in training courses in the construction sector. Most of the training is done on the job; in December 30 of the trainees started working and getting a small stipend.
“Before we were using our normal clothes …. but this type of sanitary pad is much better than our usual fabric. You can use it over and over again.” - Trainee 5
CISP values the feedback we get on our work. Through the monitoring and evaluation of our projects, we get information that provides an assessment of our performance and the progress of projects. This offers us pathways for learning.
“My parents got me out of school a while ago I was in class three,” said 10-year-old Asha* who dreams of becoming a teacher when she grows up.
Asha, is one of the 750 girls who were registered for scholarships from 35 schools in Gaalkacyo, Guri-Ceel, Mogadishu and Dhuusamarreeb. The girls are from primary and intermediate school levels.
44 Palestinian, Israeli, and international organizations are urgently calling on world leaders to stop Israeli plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinian Bedouins out of their communities in the central part of the occupied West Bank and into a designated township.
It took 16 warning for the international community to respond to the last catastrophe; lessons must be learnt from past to avert another crisis in the Horn of Africa.
Continued military operations are compounding a health care crisis in Gaza, with hospitals ill-prepared to meet the critical needs arising from a wide-scale emergency right now. The signatory organizations are calling for an immediate ceasefire, noting that all parties must respect international humanitarian law and abide by their obligations to protect civilians from harm.
Life stops for most women in Somalia during their menses. They stay at home to evade the embarrassment that comes with soiled clothes.
For girls in school, substantial learning time is wasted due to the high rate of absenteeism associated with menstruation; this translates to a week every month on average.
Due to economic challenges that many Somali households experience, food is the number one priority. This makes sanitary wear an unattainable luxury.
CISP’s work in Somalia is motivated by the positive changes in the lives of individuals; the women and girls, boys and men. Every day, CISP’s field project officers interact with these people; they witness their daily lives in schools, hospitals, water wells, streets and homes.
Communicating of the successes and lessons of CISP’s collaboration with communities as well as the needs identified, is a vital skill that project officers need to develop.
Speaking to new mothers on newborn care and nutrition during a clinic session, Habibo is on the front line of the struggle to save mothers and infants lives in Somalia. For her, midwifery is a calling and she has been practicing the profession for more than 20 years. Currently she is the chief midwife at a Mother and Child Health (MCH) Centre supported by CISP in Mogadishu.
“I have not earned any money for the last year, my children and I have been depending on help from well wishers”, says Hawa, a 50 year old mother of eight, during a discussion with a CISP researcher in front of a temporary shed that she calls home. Mama Hawa, is one of the many heads of families that took part in a survey conducted to facilitate the implementation of a livelihood project.
In a courtyard at the Horseed Women Organization in Gaalkacyo, women sit in rows operating hand looms. Rhythmically moving the shuttle, right left right left and gently pressing the foot treadle down. This is the intricate art of weaving.
Sameera* is part of the team of Research Assistants, working to identify the social norms that hamper protection in Somalia. With the experience gained while conducting the research to test the tools for the Social Norms project, Sameera exuded confidence when she set off to her designated district on 16th February 2014, for the baseline survey.
In this issue
30 years of CISP in Somalia
Elmidoon project launch
Somali children for peace
Video- youth: Somalia's beacon of hope
A youth charter to empower young Somali men and women
There is finally hope for peace and stability in Somalia. However, limited education opportunities combined with high rates of unemployment are still a major challenge for young men and women. According to the Somalia Human Development Report 2012 (HDR), four-fifths of the youth interviewed in south Central Somalia complained about social, economic and political exclusion. Dissatisfaction and vulnerability arising from this kind of exclusion can lead to conflict and risky behavior among the youth.
“If we are to create peace in our world we must begin with our children,” Mahatma Gandhi once said. This is what comes to mind when we look at the beaming faces of the children in the primary schools in Mogadishu during the peace activities that were carried out by CISP Somalia between 19th and 23rd November 2012. “We have never seen peace, but we can blossom like flowers in a land where there is peace,” whispered a shy little boy, showing how much these children long for the security and stability that peace brings.
Action Against Hunger (ACF); ActionAid; American Friends Service Committee (AFSC); Asamblea de Cooperación por la Paz (ACPP); CARE; Comitato Internazionale Sviluppo dei Popoli (CISP); Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT); EWASH; HelpAge International; Hilfswerk der Evangelischen Kirchen Schweiz (HEKS); Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH); World Vision Jerusalem-West Bank-Gaza