Title: EL-Nino Can Significantly Affect Somaliland

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    Title: EL-Nino Can Significantly Affect Somaliland

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SomalilandUSA.org(Washington,DC)

Title: EL-Nino Can Significantly Affect Somaliland

Between July 2011 and mid-2012, a severe drought affected the entire East African region. Some say "The worst in 60 years "Somaliland is one of the countries in this region, which El Nino has directly affected, leading to three succeeding failed rainy seasons. For many Somaliland citizens, the drought has meant to them losing their lives. The lack of rainfall means no one can farm the fields, livestock which is the primary source of economic in Somaliland is lessen, and there is little to eat.

         Credible sources say " the drought has currently affected over 240,000 people (40,000 households) across the nation." The three-top food producing regions Awdal, Maroodijeex, and Gailey are primarily Experiencing the drought. However, people, livestock, and crops are not only affected by this tragedy, but the environment is severely endangered.

 

Livestock and Agriculture

    The drought killed between 35% and 40% of Somaliland’s livestock. "I do not have livestock now. The drought is still here … I am struggling, but I don’t have any answers. People were always busy herding livestock. They would come to the town to buy and sell, but now they are not in good shape,” Said Hassan Haji Tawakkal once interviewed by the British Guardian. Mr. Tawakkal is just one example of thousands of Somalilanders. He can also symbolize the overall economic of the government, which once again depends on livestock.

    In the former pastoralists had enough water and plenty of grasslands so they could raise as many cows, sheep, and camels as they can. The only thing to consider was how hard they could work. Three years ago once I was in Hargeisa the capital of Somaliland I still remember when my grandmother Zahra was telling me a story about old days. ” I don’t recall a moment that I went outside of our home to buy milk from the market because our home was like a milk producing factory. There were hundreds of camels in our camp. "I asked her who took care of all of that? "My four brothers and my dad” she answered. In contrast, nowadays the average person hardly affords the price of fresh milk in Hargeisa.  The price of the cup of milk went from half a dollar (3500 Sl Shilling) in two-thousand twelve, to one dollar(7000 Sl Shilling) in two thousand sixteen.

 

Government response

The government of Somaliland is appealing to governments and organizations to support with food items, water, and health services to cater for the affected people. To date, the government has provided US$150,000 that can only provide for 3200 households out of the 40,000-requiring assistance.

What can you do to help?

Even Though there has been a rain several times in both eastern and western regions during this month still three years of drought is very hard to recover, and can take a while.  Government and NGO’s can not only make the change in the natural catastrophe like this, but individuals like as can also bring relief to our humans. The Somaliland Americans Community Organization have fundraiser program to help families back home. If you would like to donate, please contact our office Email: info@somalilandamericans.org

 

Aqoomyahan: Zakariye Yusuf Daroor




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