Monday, November 29, 2010

Free MBA degree in Somalia

Free MBA degree in Somalia

Due to ongoing violence, in October 2008 our school was temporarily closed. It reopened on 7 March 2009. We currently have 500 students at the school, with more than 500 others on a waiting list. As soon as the school reopened, applications came pouring in. Currently, the area around the Children's Village is the safest part of Mogadishu, but the fear of war affects everybody. People are divided into two groups: those who have given up their lives to die because they have nowhere to run and those who run away day and night because they don’t know what’s going to happen next.  

University of Somalia in Mogadishu

University of Somalia in Mogadishu
Medical learners go to classes at the School of Somalia in Mogadishu, investment of Somalia, May 6, 2010. Despite decades of municipal war in Somalia, education, which is sought after in Somali community, carries on and educational institutions and Colleges work even in the middle of issue location like restive Somali investment, Mogadishu. 

Community Education in Somalia

Community Education in Somalia
In war-torn Somalia, where a devastating civil conflict has fractured families and ravaged national institutions, communities are finding common cause in the drive for education for all. While a fragile peace has recently taken hold here, the years of conflict have exacted a heavy toll from the systems that children once relied on for support. Nearly all state structures collapsed after the outbreak of war in 1991. School buildings were demolished and educational materials looted. 

Somalian Education system

Somalian Education system
Eddie Playfair the key of Regent higher education has said "My experience is that this is a very aspirational group which despite them experiencing serious financial, social and language limitations to development in the temporary has the prospective to make an tremendous good participation to the long run of the city". Mohamud Tarey ran a day known as 'On The Right Track' which was well joined by associates from the Somali group. The day checked out the School System as well as the 6th Type and Further Knowledge Institutions. There were classes and conversation throughout the day that become lighting for all that joined.

Basic education in Somalia

Basic education in Somalia
ADRA Canada’s objective, in collaboration with ADRA Somalia, is to assist main education and learning in Somalia, in choose areas of the bigger Somaliland, Puntland, and Southern region Main areas, especially where women and some women are worried. The venture will be subsumed under the bigger Assisting Extended Contribution in Somalia Basic Education (SEPISBE) being applied in Somalia. ADRA will choose 15 main educational institutions and 8 mature learning organisations in these areas to be rehabilitated and expanded. The cleanliness features and main sports set ups of these businesses will be improved and they will be offered with home furniture, equipment, and coaching components.  

Somali adults Education

Somali adults Education
Despite the initiatives of the worldwide community to assist the training and learning industry in Somalia, the riots and serious hardship have avoided many from while joining college. The average major registration amount (GER) at the main level in Somalia is one of the smallest in the world at 27.9%, with the GER for young children at 33.6% and 22.1% for ladies. Girls also have a considerably higher drop-out amount compared to young children. As a result of this sex difference, of the 20% of Somali grownups who are well written, only 12% are women. This high number of illiterate grownups is harmful not only to those individuals but also to their loved ones, as it is less likely that children of illiterate parents will get their assistance in benefitting from main knowledge. 

Supporting Basic Education in Somalia

Supporting Basic Education in Somalia
Somalia has been embroiled in civil war for 18 years, since the fall of the Siad Barre regime, and only recently managed to establish a national government at the end of January 2009. The ongoing conflict has created a severe refugee situation, with over a quarter of a million people displaced from Mogadishu since May 2009 and an additional 50,000 people displaced in Somalia between September and mid November 2009, 22,000 of whom are from the capital. 1.5 million Somali refugees have been internally displaced and have mainly settled in the Central South region of Somalia. 

Determination of the Somali community

Determination of the Somali community
They have been subject to bullying and racial harassment as well as having feelings of alienation powerlessness and frustration. Many young people will have left friends behind in other European countries and language barriers often increase the feelings of isolation when trying to make new friends. It is likely that their families have been separated and they are living in poor housing conditions in the city and deal day to day with general problems bought on by poverty. However despite all of this many teachers have commented on the determination of the Somali community to gain a good education for their children and also the ability of the Somali students to adapt and show resilience and determination in the face of adversity.   

Different ways of teaching in Somalia

Different ways of teaching in Somalia
The majority of the Somali community are under 20 years old. Regent College in Leicester has a large Somali student population. The principal of the college - Eddie Playfair has employed Mohamud Tarey as a mentor for these young people who are trying to finish their education amidst a host of new challenges.  Every education system in Europe has different ways of teaching and examining students. You may find yourself a top student in the Netherlands and yet only a fair to middle student according to criteria here in the UK. This does not mean that your ability is necessarily less than others here in the UK just that the system is different.  

Somali Education Day

Somali Education Day
The day is all about the Somali community working together to answer important questions and deal with issues and challenges young Somalis are faced with. Many Somali young people are bilingual. The two languages are likely to be their mother tongue and the European language of the country that they have lived in before coming to the UK. Coming to finish their schooling in the UK can present lots of challenges which the community together with the colleges are trying to overcome. 

Ministries of Education in Somalia

Ministries of Education in Somalia
Through the programme, the capacity of the Ministries of Education in planning, management and finance will be enhanced as part of the effort to attain the Millennium Development Goals and Education for All initiatives. UNICEF and the EU in collaboration with their partners aim to strengthen the capacities of the administrations in strategic planning, policy development, human resources management, organizational development, financial management, quality assurance and girls' education promotion," said Matthew Olins, Chief of Education at UNICEF Somalia. 

Primary Education Survey for Somalia

Primary Education Survey for Somalia
According to the last Primary Education Survey for Somalia for the 2006/2007 academic year, there were about 465,000 primary school students, 2083 primary schools and 13,966 teachers, 75 per cent of whom are under or unqualified and a quarter having only primary school education. The European Union which is supporting the programme has also been supporting the development of secondary education during the past 10 years. In this time, the number of secondary school students in Somaliland and Puntland has risen from approximately 450 students in 1999 to just under 30,000 in 2008. 

Education enrollment rates in Somalia

Education enrollment rates in Somalia
In Somalia, education enrolment rates and literacy levels are among the lowest in the world. The total gross enrolment rate (percentage of eligible children in school) is 30.7 per cent with girls at 25 per cent compared to 37 per cent for boys. Girls continue to have difficulty in accessing and remaining in school with only one in five of the small number of girls who begin school in grade one completing a full cycle of primary education. 

Education at UNICEF Somalia

Education at UNICEF Somalia
Through the programme, the capacity of the Ministries of Education in planning, management and finance will be enhanced as part of the effort to attain the Millennium Development Goals and Education for All initiatives. UNICEF and the EU in collaboration with their partners aim to strengthen the capacities of the administrations in strategic planning, policy development, human resources management, organizational development, financial management, quality assurance and girls' education promotion," said Matthew Olins, Chief of Education at UNICEF Somalia.

Integrated Capacity Development for Somali Education Administrations

Integrated Capacity Development for Somali Education Administrations
A European Union-funded programme to support Somali administrations in developing a well-structured education and training system has been launched in Northwest Somalia ("Somaliland") and Northeast Somalia ("Puntland"). The Integrated Capacity Development for Somali Education Administrations (ICDSEA) programme is being implemented by the Ministries of Education in Northwest and Northeast Somalia and UNICEF in collaboration with CfBT Education Trust and Africa Educational Trust (AET). Ultimately, if conditions allow, the programme will also be launched in Central-South Somalia. 

Education support programme for Somalia

Education support programme for Somalia
A Western Union-funded program to assist Somali companies in creating a well-structured knowledge and exercising program has been released in North west Somalia ("Somaliland") and Northeast Somalia ("Puntland"). The Incorporated Potential Growth for Somali Education Administrations (ICDSEA) program is being applied by the Ministries of Education in North west and Northeast Somalia and UNICEF together with CfBT Education Believe in and African-american Academic Believe in (AET). Eventually, if circumstances allow, the program will also be released in Central-South Somalia.

Somali land National Examinations Board

Somali land National Examinations Board
Mohamed Ali Warsame, 14, originally from south-central Somalia, is a beneficiary of Somaliland's generosity. He is a student at a boarding school, Abaarso-Tech, 23km northwest of Hargeisa, the Somaliland capital. Warsame's school is one of two high schools in the region approved by the Somaliland National Examinations Board to admit intermediate school leavers. The two schools admit only students who attained the highest marks in their intermediate examinations. Each admits at least 50 students per year. Civil society organizations estimate that half a million Somalis have sought refuge in Somaliland in the past 19 years. In addition to south-central Somalis, hundreds of those in the diaspora have also taken their children to Somaliland in search of education and cultural experiences.  

Stability in education in Somalia

Stability in education in Somalia
Somalis from south-central Somalia and those in the diaspora have taken advantages of the continuous environment in the self-declared republic of Somaliland to put their children through institution there, improving enrolment in team and individual understanding companies in the place, experts said. Govt systems in Somaliland allow Somalis from south-central Somalia use of team solutions such as health health care and understanding, despite considering them as refugees. Ali said: "The late us president of Somaliland [Mohamed Ibrahim Egal] said all Somalis, wherever they are from, have similar rights as Somalilanders, except government rights. It is not only the Somalis who are in our team schools; we have students even from the Oromo list of Ethiopia."  Abdi-Rahman Mohamed Mal, the former understanding director-general, said Somaliland's 392 team primary academic companies had only 2,367 trainers, with 40 % of Somaliland children having use of understanding.  

Friday, November 19, 2010

Humanitarian mission of Somalia

Humanitarian mission of Somalia
The relaxation purpose of Trócaire is to advertise the keeping of life, the relaxation of having difficulties, and the protection of human satisfaction. Trócaire definitely shares out on part of the vulnerable individuals and places we try to assist, keeping notice to the disfavor and having difficulties.  Displaying on the levels of displacement (flight, displacement short or long-lasting and come back or additional displacement), Trócaire works at group, across the country and globally level. Trócaire specializes in problem prevention and protection against displacement, relaxation support and the search for solutions, growth and reestablishing of problem –affected countries. 

Primary School Education in Somalia

Primary School Education in Somalia
The image display affiliates of the training and studying section, the Go trainer and people of the primary company in Belet Amin, in the Gedo place of Somalia. The company is borrowed by Trócaire and is helping over 170 children to create a brighter future. Belet Amin camping outdoors is just one of many camping outdoors in the Gedo place of Somalia where people compelled from their homes have remaining to search for refuge from outfitted problem. There are a finish of 11 primary universities in the place provided by Trócaire. The company also performs with regional affiliates in the Gedo place to offer food, use of water that is clean and healthcare sources within the camping outdoors. 

Education jobs in Somalia

Education jobs in Somalia
Education and formal classroom learning opportunities are limited and unavailable for a majority of children in Somalia. There have been substantial increases in the number of operational schools and in enrolment rates, but considerable disparities in the quality of and access to primary education are still problematic in parts of the country because of the socio-economic, cultural and political realities. Most existing schools are concentrated in and around urban areas and are mainly financed by fees or other forms of support from parents and communities, with some input from external agencies. 

Security Council Committee on Somalia

Security Council Committee on Somalia
Mogadishu(Alshahid) – Identified Pursuant to Paragraph 8 of Resolution 1844 (2008). The Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 (2009) concerning Somalia and Eritrea, today, 12 April 2010 listed the following individuals and entity pursuant to paragraph 8 of resolution 1844 (2008): Al-Shabaab has engaged in acts that directly or indirectly threaten the peace, security, or stability of Somalia, including but not limited to: acts that threaten the Djibouti Agreement of August 18, 2008, or the political process; and, acts that threaten the Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs), the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), or other international peacekeeping operations related to Somalia. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

European Commission in Somalia

European Commission  in Somalia
A new €4.5 million grant (over $5.8 million) from the European Commission will help ensure that 80,000 more Somali girls and boys will be able to go to school.  According to a 2003/2004 Survey of Primary Schools in Somalia, 285,574 children are enrolled in primary schools. “UNICEF intends to use the EC grant to continue the in-service training of teachers, rehabilitate schools and equip them with adequate water and sanitation facilities,” said UNICEF Somalia Education Officer Noel Ihebuzor. “UNICEF will also use the funds to create community learning centres where less privileged Somalis will be able to access primary education.” The grant will not only give Somali children who have not been given access to education the opportunity to go to school, but it will also give Somali girls and boys the opportunity to acquire necessary life skills. Given the low enrolment rate for Somali girls, these funds will be of especial help for them in fulfilling their right to an education.

Somalian jobs in Al-Shabaab

Somalian jobs in Al-Shabaab
A new recruitment video by Al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda branch that operates in the Horn of Africa, opens with an image of a child playing with a toy gun.  He's not just any boy, but the son of the bomber who almost assassinated former Somali president Abdullah Yusuf when he blew himself up on 11 October 2007 at the parliament in the southern city of Baidoa. The attack is celebrated by Al-Shabab as part of an operation that allowed the terror group to expand in Somalia. A message's meaning isn't easily lost when in the video an image of the toddler and deceased father are placed side-by-side while a voice in Arabic sings praises of the Baidoa attack.  

Recruitment Of Child Soldiers In Somalia

Recruitment Of Child Soldiers In Somalia
The United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF) has expressed its concern over the recruitment of child soldiers in Somalia, and urged such practice to be stopped immediately. In a joint statement received here on Wednesday, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and Secretary-General's Special Representatives on Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy said the use of children by armed forces and groups in a war crime is rising, and children as young as nine years old are being recruited.  "All parties must release the children within their ranks. Impunity must end and perpetrators brought to justice," China's Xinhua news agency reported, citing the joint statement as saying  According to recent reports, they said that schools are being used as recruitment centers and that child soldiers are often beaten or executed when captured.

Recruitment in Somalia

Recruitment in Somalia
Somali’s military commander Gen. Yusuf Dhumal has the first proved that his government is recruiting young teenagers in the northern east province of Kenya, RBC Radio reports.Speaking at a press conference in Mogadishu, the military commander has told reports that this is a friendly step between the two countries, Kenya and Somalia.“I want to confirm that the two governments had agreed to recruit new soldiers in Kenya, those are trained in camps in Isiolo and Miyani districts of the northern east province of Kenya”, Gen. Dhumal told reporters. 

Somali’s military commander

Somali’s military commander
Somali’s military commander Gen. Yusuf Dhumal has the first proved that his government is recruiting young teenagers in the northern east province of Kenya, RBC Radio reports.Speaking at a press conference in Mogadishu, the military commander has told reports that this is a friendly step between the two countries, Kenya and Somalia.“I want to confirm that the two governments had agreed to recruit new soldiers in Kenya, those are trained in camps in Isiolo and Miyani districts of the northern east province of Kenya”, Gen. Dhumal told reporters.

Community Education Committees Somalia

Community Education Committees Somalia
With no central government to provide an education for the nation’s youngest, locally-managed Community Education Committees have stepped up to do the job. The committees manage schools financially, liaise with parents, and track students – especially girls – who are out of school. UNICEF and its partners are currently implementing large-scale social mobilization campaigns to encourage villagers and civic authorities to join the Community Education Committees. Religious leaders, business people, and members of women’s and youth groups have come together with parents and teachers, contributing both to stronger schools and to the ongoing process of reconciliation that is taking place across Somalia. 

Communities unite around education in Somalia

Communities Unite Uround Uducation in Somalia
In war-torn Somalia, where a devastating civil conflict has fractured families and ravaged national institutions, communities are finding common cause in the drive for education for all. While a fragile peace has recently taken hold here, the years of conflict have exacted a heavy toll from the systems that children once relied on for support. Nearly all state structures collapsed after the outbreak of war in 1991. School buildings were demolished and educational materials looted. Even today, in the aftermath of the war, only 13 per cent of boys are enrolled in primary school. For girls, that number is barely 7 per cent.  

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Minnehaha Food Market in Somalia

Minnehaha Food Market in Somalia
Fresh ginger added during the cooking process tenderized the hilib ari, which was simmered, then pan fried and garnished with green bell peppers and red onions. Where can you find fresh goat meat? Your best options are to turn to smaller markets and butchers. Rahmo made her purchase at Minnehaha Food Market on University Avenue in City Heights. If you go there, be sure to tell the staff what you’re making and they’ll help you find the other ingredients you’ll need. 

Cooking in Somalia

Cooking in Somalia
I knew that having lunch with Rahmo and Abdi in their City Heights home was going to be filled with good food and laughter. I had asked Rahmo if she would show me how to prepare a typical Somali meal and she invited me over on a warm summer day to learn how to cook Somali bariis (rice) and hilib ari (goat) from recipes she learned as a teenager from her mother. As she chopped and stirred, I scribbled notes, Abdi demonstrated his famous papaya-slicing skills, and the two of them affectionately bantered back and forth. Work should always be this relaxing and fun. 

Traditional Somali Food

Traditional Somali Food
Madbakh is the Somali concept for "kitchen". Toronto-based Madbakh Ladies Initative are a community-based non-profit company that produces group the kitchen and uses the public planning of sensible food as an access way for them to build group and link women to current group can handle and services. They take a family-centred, natural strategy to their work, based in an in-depth knowing of the social perspective, resources and ambitions of their group and individuals. The effort will be introducing a display at Harbourfront on how to get ready the conventional Somali pastries called sambussi.  

The Food of Somalia

The Food of Somalia
Somali meals are meat driven, vegetarianism is relatively rare). Goat, beef, lamb and sometimes chicken is fried in ghee, or grilled or broiled. It is spiced with turmeric, coriander, cumin and curry and eaten with basmati rice for lunch, dinner and sometimes breakfast. Vegetables appear to largely be side dishes, and often are woven into a meat dish, such as combining potatoes, carrots and peas with meat and making a stew. Green peppers, spinach and garlic were also noted as the types of vegetables most commonly eaten. Bananas, dates, apples, oranges, pears and grapes are among some of the more popular fruits (a raw, sliced banana is often eaten with rice). But in Somalia, Somalis had a much larger selection of fruits - like mango and guava - from which they would make fresh juice. Somali stores, therefore, carry among the widest selection of fruit juices, both Kern1s juices as well as imports from India and Canada. And there is also a selection of instant juice: frozen or available as a powder. 

Radical Islam in Somalia

Radical Islam in Somalia
Somalis who have fled war-ravaged Somalia in recent years. Over 300,000 refugees have left Somalia and have headed to neighboring Kenya, with most residing in the overcrowded Kenyan camps of Dadaab. Kenyan officials and western security services are becoming increasingly concerned that radical Islamists, specifically members of Al-Shabaab, are also settling in the Eastleigh neighborhood where they could use it as a base to plan future attacks throughout the Horn of Africa. In Iraq the Al-Qaeda group was driven out for demanding such things as women should not be allowed to buy 'male' vegetables at the market. 

Somalian Al-Qaeda branch

Somalian Al-Qaeda branch
Women sell goods on the street in Eastleigh, a predominantly Muslim Somali neighborhood on August 18, 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya. Referred to locally as 'Little Mogadishu', Eastleigh is home to thousands of Somalis who have fled war-ravaged Somalia in recent years. Over 300,000 refugees have left Somalia and have headed to neighboring Kenya, with most residing in the overcrowded Kenyan camps of Dadaab. Kenyan officials and western security services are becoming increasingly concerned that radical Islamists, specifically members of Al-Shabaab, are also settling in the Eastleigh neighborhood where they could use it as a base to plan future attacks throughout the Horn of Africa. 

Somalian restaurant in Nairobi

Somalian restaurant in Nairobi
I've been looking for to make a lamb dish to provide with pilau. I had this dish at a Somalian bistro in Nairobi and it was amazing. It was a feed dish, that was known as pilau which was an established basmati feed dish with areas of lamb or goat put together in. It was offered with a personal dish of lamb. I've been trying to re-create the dish but I'm not sure how to go about it. Do you know a lamb maraq system or another lamb dish to provide with rice? 

Food recipes from Somalia

Food recipes from Somalia
Here you will find all the recipes from Somalia on this site all gathered into one place. I have attempted to gather together here as many Somali recipes as possible. The current collection represents the largest gathering of Somali recipes into one place on the web today. (Just scroll down for the recipes, they follow the brief introduction to Somalia given below.)  Please not that this recipe page (and all the other recipe pages on this site) are brought to you in association with the 'One Million People' campaign, which attempts to educate the children of Liberian refugees exiled to Senegal, West Africa [this is detailed below]. If you find this and the other recipes on this page informative and/or useful please consider giving a small donation to this cause 

Somalian Camel Surprise

Somalian Camel Surprise
Somewhere in Ethiopia, our far-flung food explorer tucks into a local delicacy: a platter of camel meat that's both delicious and repulsive. Camel meat can be found wherever there are camels (think the Sahara and Arabia for single-humped dromedaries, or the Gobi Desert in Asia for the twin-humped Bactrian kind), but camel Somali-style can be found between “Little Mogadishu” on the outskirts of Addis Ababa and Mogadishu itself on the Horn of Africa. I sampled my specimen during lunchtime at a restaurant/mosque/motel/bus depot in Little Mogadishu named Jama’s, surrounded by Somalis literally stuffing their faces with rice, pasta, and camel -- all using only their right hand. (The left, which is the ass-wiping hand, is considered “unclean” in Muslim societies.) Camel is typically available only at lunchtime in Addis Ababa, as afternoons in Little Mogadishu are set aside for chewing khat, an especially lucid stimulant that helps pass the time in this crushingly poor city. 

Most traditional dish in Somalia

Most traditional dish in Somalia
You prepare the dish (meat part first) by first placing the meat into a pan half filled with water and leave to boil. when it comes to boil you add your spices such as ground pepper, paprika and other meaty spices. leave it to sidder and when the water has almost evaporated add a bit of olive oil and turn the meat wait for the water to evaporate completely, then turn off the cooker. 

Traditional Somalian Recipe

Traditional Somalian Recipe:
you put olive oil in a pan, enough to cover the surface of the pan. you then add spices such as cinnamon, carddemon, nut meg and other similar spices in the pan. use a vegetable stock to add more flavour and also saffron is also sometimes added to give colour to the rice. cut onions into small squares and add to the pan. leave it to sidder then add the rice ( amount depending on the ppl) stir the mixture of the onions with the rice. add enough water to cover the rice and then wrap aluminium foil over the pan ( this is to keep the steam in) and turn the cooker to a minimum of heat. wait for the water to evaporate. the rice is then ready to serve with the meat. 

Important meal for Somalis

Important meal for Somalis
Breakfast (quraac) is an important meal for Somalis. who often start the day with some style of tea (shaah). The main dish is typically a pancake-like bread (canjeero) similar to Ethiopian injera but smaller and thinner. Canjeero is eaten in different ways, it may be broken into small pieces with ghee (subag) and sugar added. For children, it is mixed with tea and sesame oil (macsaaro) until mushy. There may be a side-dish of liver (beef), goat meat (hilib ari), diced beef cooked in a bed of soup (suqaar) or jerky (oodkac or muqmad), which consists of small dried pieces of beef, or goat or camel meat, boiled in ghee. Polenta (mishaari or boorash porridge) with butter and sugar is popular in Mogadishu. In the north, bread (rooti) is popular. In Somalia a sweeter and oilier version of canjeero called malawax is a staple of most home-cooked meals.  

Somalia’s transitional government

Somalia’s transitional government
The report comes as Somalia’s transitional government is preparing for a major military offensive to retake the capital, Mogadishu, and combat an Islamist insurgency with connections to Al Qaeda. The United States is providing military aid, as the United Nations tries to roll back two decades of anarchy in the country. But it may be an uphill battle. According to the report, Somalia’s security forces “remain ineffective, disorganized and corrupt — a composite of independent militias loyal to senior government officials and military officers who profit from the business of war.”  

World Food Program’s Somalia operations

World Food Program’s Somalia operations:
The report, which has not yet been made public but was shown to The New York Times by diplomats, outlines a host of problems so grave that it recommends that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon open an independent investigation into the World Food Program’s Somalia operations. It suggests that the program rebuild the food distribution system — which serves at least 2.5 million people and whose aid was worth about $485 million in 2009 — from scratch to break what it describes as a corrupt cartel of Somali distributors. In addition to the diversion of food aid, regional Somali authorities are collaborating with pirates who hijack ships along the lawless coast, the report says, and Somali government ministers have auctioned off diplomatic visas for trips to Europe to the highest bidders, some of whom may have been pirates or insurgents.  

Types of popular Somali dishes.

Types of popular Somali dishes.
Somali people serve dinner as late as 9 pm. During Ramadan, supper-time often follows Tarawih prayers, sometimes even as late as 11 pm. Cambuulo, a favorite dish come dinnertime, is made of well-cooked azuki beans mixed with butter and sugar. The beans, which on their own are referred to as digir, can take up to five hours to finish cooking when left on the stove at a low temperature. In 1988, the Somali newspaper Xiddigta Oktoober conducted a survey in which it found that 83% of Mogadishu's residents preferred cambuulo as their main dinnertime meal. It was a startling discovery since the dish is considered to be somewhat "low class" due to its flatulence-inducing after-effects caused by the natural sugars (known as oligosaccharides) in its beans. Likewise, qamadi (wheat) is used. Cracked or uncracked, it is cooked and served just like the azuki beans. 

School aged children in Somalia

School aged children in Somalia
Am I altruistic and not pragmatic? maybe? but wouldn't it be wonderful if a poor family could have a good meal for a couple of days and know that some stranger actually cares about their general well-being. Imagine the ability for school aged children to go to school and be able to focus on what is being taught vs being distracted by the rumbling in their bellies. I bet it will pay dividends. It is my thought that George Alexander, Apoorv Durga are kind human beings and will assist me in making poverty history by not only amplifying this cause in their blogs but in also emailing it to their coworkers asking them to join in... 

Daily life's of poor in Somalia

Daily life's of  poor in Somalia
I will be visiting Bangalore, Pune and Delhi in the January timeframe for various speaking engagements. Whenever I travel to a foreign land, I feel like I must touch the daily life's of the poor. I normally would seek out a way to participate in local charities that are targeted towards building homes, but I simply won't be there long enough. Have you ever heard of the theory regarding a butterfly flapping its wings causing a Tsunami? I have asked myself, what would happen if I bought a bag of groceries for ten poor families in each destination and I got employees of India based outsourcing firms to each volunteer to purchase a bag of groceries on their own, would we notice the effect in America? 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Governmental structures in Somalia

Governmental structures in Somalia
However, a considerable percentage of the IDPs were already former IDPs in Mogadishu, who were living in governmental structures and are not allowed to go back to those. This can explain why the number of IDPs going back to Mogadishu is quite modest (according to United Nations Refugee Agency, only 20 percent of the IDPs who came to Afgooye have moved back to Mogadishu). Should the marketplace activity in Mogadishu return to normal and the situation stabilize, we could see a number of them commute every day between Afgooye and Mogadishu and resume "normal" business activities. But there is a potentially large-scale human disaster looming if this unstable situation lasts. People need to feel they can rebuild a life for themselves and their families after this recent displacement. In the meantime, our job will be to ensure a rapid medical response and to cover the basic health needs of the people, displaced and residents alike," concluded Rull. 

Basic needs in Somalia

Basic needs in Somalia
MSF is currently repairing the inpatient department of Afgooye hospital to increase capacity from 10 to 30 beds. About 150 to 160 patients are seen every day at consultation. The target population in Afgooye approaches 60,000 persons, including displaced people and residents. "Our activities also include the provision of free primary health care to the target population through the set up of an outpatient department and we also support case management of patients admitted to the inpatient department. We have now reinforced our team by recruiting two new medical doctors from Mogadishu and we also brought an experienced clinical officer from our project in Dinsor," added Rull. "We would all prefer to have an international team physically present in Afgooye, but for the moment it is not possible due to the insecurity.  

Responding to a major emergency in Somalia

Responding to a major emergency in Somalia
"When the team first arrived, they supplied medicines to existing health structures and distributed items such as plastic sheeting and mosquito nets, to more than 3,500 families. Provision of clean water to the displaced population was also a priority and they put in place a water trucking system to cater to the massive needs of a population left with very little," Rull said following her first visit to the project from Nairobi where the MSF coordination team for Somalia is based. "At the time, we had quite a few cases of watery diarrhea. In fact, throughout April and May, we treated close to 150 suspected cases of cholera by setting up an isolated treatment center. We dispatched some senior Somali staff from our project in Dinsor's hospital, in neighboring Bay region, to contain the outbreak and assist the local medical team. While the majority of patients treated recovered, four patients died as a result of the outbreak. By the sixth week of intervention, the program came to an end." 

Basic health needs in Somalia

Basic health needs in Somalia
On April 17, 2007 MSF launched an emergency medical response in Afgooye, Lower Shabelle Region, about 30 kilometers west of Mogadishu. Due to insecurity in the area, MSF decided to dispatch a team of senior MSF Somali staff from Nairobi and the Dinsor Health Center to evaluate the needs of thousands of displaced people who poured into the town following major fighting in Mogadishu. Two months after the emergency assistance program started, and following a recent project visit by MSF's Nairobi-based medical coordinator, Dr. Monica Rull, we look back at recent achievements and future perspectives for MSF in that part of the war-torn country. 

Human Rights Watch in Somalia

Human Rights Watch in Somalia
Since Somalia's security forces have committed so many violent abuses against civilians, efforts to strengthen them also need to make them more accountable," said Georgette Gagnon, Africa director for Human Rights Watch. The combination of security and humanitarian assistance is necessary to curb piracy in the region, which borders the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, aid groups said. The April 8 hijacking of the U.S.-flagged cargo ship Maersk Alabama made headlines worldwide when its American captain, Richard Phillips, was held hostage by four Somali men. 

International community in Somalia

International community in Somalia
"The international community must urgently focus their attention on finding ways to assist the millions of people in desperate need," Maletta said. Somalia, which is racked by poverty and conflict, has not had a fully functioning government since 1991, when its president was overthrown in Mogadishu, the capital. Drought and rising food prices have added to the nation's problems, according to Maletta. "Families are finding it difficult to meet their most basic needs, as prices for basic food items are at record high levels," he said. Not only do civilians need emergency aid, they also need protection from military abuses, aid groups said. "Since Somalia's security forces have committed so many violent abuses against civilians, efforts to strengthen them also need to make them more accountable," said Georgette Gagnon, Africa director for Human Rights Watch. 

Economic opportunities in Somalia

Economic opportunities in Somalia
Recent headlines focusing on the rash of pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia should instead focus on the humanitarian crisis driving Somalis to commit crimes on the high seas, an international aid group said Thursday. An estimated one-third of Somalia's population desperately needs emergency aid, the international agency Oxfam said, as donors to Somalia met in Brussels, Belgium."Without economic opportunities offering alternatives to criminality, and without law and order to curb these activities, then the massive economic returns of hijacking ships will continue to drive piracy," Robert Maletta, policy adviser for Oxfam, said in a news release. 
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