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    Save Somalia: Humanitarian And Refugee Crisis Save Somalia: Humanitarian And Refugee Crisis Presentation Transcript

    • Kick-Off - July 2009 Save Somalia: Humanitarian & Refugee Crisis Campaign WHO
      • Brief look at the humanitarian and refugee crisis
      • The role of Somali Americans and “The Friends of Somalia” in alleviating these crisis
      Save Somalia: Humanitarian & Refugee Crisis Campaign
    • About Somalia Republic
      • Land: It is about the size Texas.
        • Borders Djibouti, Kenya and Ethiopia
      • Independence: July 1, 1960 from England and Italy
      • Natural and human-caused:
        • Droughts, floods and Deforestation
      • Coastline: About 3,025 kilometers, the longest in Africa
      • Climate: principally desert
      • Population:
        • 9,832,017
        • Muslim
        • Somali language (official)
        • 45% are ages 0-14
        • 52% are ages 15-64
        • 2.5% are over 65 years
      The World Factbook, 2009 WHO
      • Somalia has existed without a central government since 1991
      • Over 17 years of armed conflicts between rival groups, recurring draughts, and the absence of any public infrastructure have led to famine, diseases, and the deaths of over one million people
      The Situation UN 2009 and USAID, 2009
      • “ I have seen the situation in Darfur, Uganda, Congo, but the humanitarian crisis in Somalia is the worst in Africa.” Oxfam Humanitarian Coordinator, 2009
      • Somalia is in a major humanitarian crisis caused by drought, endemic poverty, and violence. USAID, 2009
      • “ The humanitarian situation in Somalia is the worst in Africa.” UN, 2009
      Reports on Somalia
      • Extreme poverty (less than $1/day)
        • 43% of the general public
        • 53% among the rural and nomadic people
      • General poverty (less than $2/day)
        • 73% of households
        • 80% in rural and nomadic people
      WB, 2008 Living Standard Adnahospital.org
      • Only 22% of children attend primary school
        • The lowest in the world
        • One in five people is illiterate
        • Many children are displaced by conflict
      wn.com and Alert.net UNICEF, 2009 Humanitarian Report Education
      • Life expectancy
        • 48 (2007)
      • Under-5 mortality
        • 142/1,000 (2007)
        • 68/1,000 World (2007)
      • Access to clean water
        • 29% of population
      • Infant mortality rate:
        • 88.0/1,000 (2007)
      • Maternal mortality rate:
        • 1,044/10,000 (2006)
      UNICEF, 2009 Health The main causes of death among children are acute malnutrition, diarrheal diseases, respiratory infections and malaria
      • About 3.2 million Somalis are suffering from hunger and malnutrition
        • 650,000 children under the age of five are malnourished
        • 8% of the people are suffering from acute malnutrition
          • the global threshold for emergency food crisis is one percent
      USAID, 2009 Acute and Chronic Malnutrition Photomedia.no
    • USAID, 2009 Acute and Chronic Malnutrition
      • 42% are chronically malnourished
      • 13% of children under the age of 5 suffer from acute malnutrition
      • Acute malnutrition leads to:
        • Marasmus (wasting away of fat, muscle and other tissues);
        • Cretinism (limited mental and physical growth);
        • Brain damage;
        • Blindness and infection; and
        • Death, particularly among children under 5 years old and adults with health problems
      • Over 250,000 refugees in Kenya are in overcrowded and inadequate refugee camps built for 90,000 people
        • About 500 come each day
        • The consequences of ongoing conflict, poverty and drought
      UN, 2009 and CSM, 2009 Somali Refugees © UNICEF/NYHQ2007-0008/Kamber
    • Somali children line up in the sun for food in a makeshift camp outside of Mogadishu (BBC, wikimedia.org, and (AFP/File/Mustafa Abdi)) Needless Suffering
    • THE SITUATION IS BLEAK What Can the “Friends of Somalia” & Somali Diaspora Do?
      • The Save Somalia: Humanitarian and Refugee Awareness Campaign is an initiative of “Friends of Somalia” and Somali Diaspora.
      Save Somalia: Humanitarian & Refugee Crisis Campaign
      • The mission of the campaign is to be the voice for the millions of Somalis who are experiencing the worst humanitarian and refugee crisis in the world in an effort to save lives and alleviate needless suffering
      • The goal of the campaign is to educate the public and institutions and to appeal for help to save lives and alleviate needless suffering
      Save Somalia: Humanitarian and Refugee Awareness
      • Developed campaign packet with templates
        • Advocacy letters to US Congress, media, and institutions, fact sheets, news release, PSA, talking points, and PowerPoint presentation
      • Educate the public about the situation through
        • Student clubs, media, presentations to faith-based groups and international and national agencies
      • Engage the US Congress through:
        • Phone calls – the easiest and the most effective
        • Lobby Day – meeting with key members
        • Advocacy letters to key members
        • Information distribution
      • Use text message and email alert systems
      Save Somalia: Campaign Strategies
    • Best and Easiest Way to Contact US Congress
      • Take ONE minute to call any member of the US Congress at (202) 224-3121.
        • Provide your zip code, state, or the name of your Congress member to the operator to be connected to his or her office
        • Leave the following key messages to staff or in the answering machine:
        • • Sponsor or support increased emergency food aid assistance in Somalia.
        • • Sponsor or support the development of a plan to provide protection and assistance to refugees in Kenya and Yemen, and internally displaced people inside Somalia.
        • • Sponsor or support the development of a comprehensive strategy that deals with the full range of humanitarian and refugee crisis facing Somalia.
      • Support US-based nonprofit agencies working in Somalia. Do your own research
      • Contact us to do a presentation (face-to-face or online) for your community groups
      • Share with your colleagues, friends, and family information about the campaign and inquire if they would be interested in this campaign
      What Can the Public Do?
    • More Pictures
    • Photomedia.no
    • UNICEF/NYHQ2007-0008/Kamber
    • Feeding center for people living with mental illness. People are chained for their safety according to program staff. Photo by Yahoo.com
    • Feeding center for people living with mental illness. People are chained for their safety according to program staff. Photo by Yahoo.com
    • A young girl walks by African troops in Somalia. Photo by US DoD
    • Associate Press
    • Internally displaced people outside of Mogadishu, Somalia. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor)
    • Bardera, Somalia: Somalis walking towards a UN-supported feeding center. Photo by Milton Grant
    • A refugee family of six live in a makeshift shelter for weeks waiting to be registered at Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. Photo by MSF.
      • President Barack Obama made the following statement in his historic inauguration speech to the world: “To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds.”
      • American public
      • Faith-based groups
      • Friends of Somalia
      • Foundations
      • International agencies
      • Media
      • NGOs
      • Private and public sectors
      • Somali Americans
      • Universities and colleges
      • US Congress
      • The Save Somalia: Humanitarian and Refugee Awareness Campaign is an initiative of “Friends of Somalia” and Somali Americans
      • To join the campaign or learn more about it, please contact:
      • Ahmed Elmi, M.P.H.
      • chairman@sacausa.org
      • 301.565.0320
      • or visit www.savesomalianow.org
      Save Somalia: Campaign Target Sectors