- According to FSNAU, more than 1 million people need humanitarian assistance, and nearly 248,000 are at risk and face acute food shortages in Somaliland.
- President Silanyo “My Government Will Do everything Possible in Order to Provide Humanitarian Aids To Famine Hit People in country’s Eastern Regions”
- In Response to President’s request, thousands performed rain-seeking prayers across Somaliland regions.
By: Mahmoud Qodah
Erigavo (Somaliland Monitor) – A delegation led by Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamoud Silanyo last week paid visit to the country’s eastern regions including Tog-dher, SOOL and Sanaag where the people in those areas have experienced severe droughts which killed most of rural people’s livestock. In the meantime, there are also concerns that the dry season is becoming longer and more frequent, for that this will deteriorate the situation of already weakened people by droughts, as starvation was already at its highest peak among infants, children, the elderly, sick and other vulnerable groups.
President’s visit to drought affected community came a day after his administration declared the existence of serious drought conditions in the country and particularly in the eastern regions of Sanaag, Sool, Togdheer and Sahil.
“The El Nino phenomenon has had a devastating effect on Somaliland. For the past 2-3 years, the rains were well below average and sporadic in the regions of Sanaag, Sool, Togdheer and Sahil,” President’s drought declaration press release read this.
According to the most recent seasonal assessment by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET), more than one million people need humanitarian assistance, and nearly 248,000 are at risk and face acute food shortages in Somaliland.
President’s delegation in an effort to cope with the droughts and its impact, they have provided humanitarian relief aids including food, cloths, medical and pecuniary assistance as well to those who have been hit hard by famine and were direly in need for relief aids.
President Ahmed Silanyo and his delegation among KULMIYE Chairman who is also party’s presidential nominee Muse Behi Abdi and some of his Cabinet members, during their assessment visit, they have had meetings with traditional leaders of Togdheer, Sool and Sanaag regions as well as the national and regional committees for droughts over the facts on the ground in those areas which the famine particularly hit severely, the harshness of the drought and the best possible way that humanitarian relief aids can be distributed to those who are direly in need for support.
Different committees for droughts briefed the President for the extent of the droughts and how it widely affected both people’s lives and their livestock.
“As a government we will try everything possible in order to give hand to those severely hit by droughts, by providing food, water, as well as livestock. This year’s droughts have affected almost every area in eastern regions; as such we are trying our best to reach most of those affected by the famine,” said President Ahmed Silanyo, as he likewise urged the committees for the drought to double their efforts.
In Erigavo-Burao Road:
On the other side, President Silanyo and his delegation have observed the improvement of the ongoing construction of Erigavo-Burao road, as he thanked for all those people who partook in country’s infrastructural development and particularly for Erigavo-Burao road, as it makes a crucial contribution to economic development and growth as well as bringing important social benefits.
“Improving the infrastructure of the country has been a priority and of vital importance for us, as particularly this road is generally very essential and a cornerstone for Somaliland and its people’s integration for that it will make the nation grow and develop.” President Silanyo added,
Rain-seeking Prayers Performed across Somaliland regions:
In an answer to President Ahmed Silanyo plea to join the rain-seeking prayers that will be held throughout the regions of Somaliland on Thursday, thousands of people across Somaliland regions widely out and have walked in masses to perform special prayers for seeking rain.
President and his delegation members have on their side performed the rain-seeking prayer with the thousands of people at Erigavo stadium.