Somalia: Displaced people hit hardest by flooding
6 May, 2013
The home made of twigs and branches, cardboard boxes and plastic sheeting did not stand a chance against the heavy rain and winds. When their roof and walls were ripped away, 73-year-old Isack Dahir Hilowle and his eleven family members feared for their lives.
“We huddled together,...
Sudan/South Sudan: “When peace returns to Blue Nile, we will return.”
23 April, 2013
After bombs fell in the fields outside their village in Sudan’s Blue Nile State, Mary and her family decided to leave. Mercifully no one was killed in the strike, but more than two years of constant fighting meant that she, like so many others, no longer felt safe.
Five days later,...
Interview: OCHA Mogadishu Head of Office
11 April, 2013
More than 360,000 people displaced by conflict live in makeshift tents in crowded conditions in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. OCHA is working with humanitarian organizations to support the Government’s efforts to relocate the displaced families to the outskirts of the city, where they...
Humanitarian Issues: A new way to access information
21 March, 2013
What is Humanitarian Kiosk?
One of the challenges faced by humanitarian workers is access to timely, relevant and accurate information. New technology provides an opportunity for humanitarian workers to develop better ways to access and share this information, and get aid to...
Kenya: “Coordination can save our lives,” says Turkana village elder
28 February, 2013
Village elders in the Turkana region of northwest Kenya have expressed optimism about a project aimed at strengthening resilience to natural disasters by providing alternative coping mechanisms, saying that the area’s natural resources are not being used efficiently.