Welcome to Mogadishu

11/01/2012

DEC Chairman Clive JonesDEC Chairman Clive Jones is visiting East Africa 6 months on from the launch of the DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal. He writes here about his visit to Mogadishu, Somalia to see DEC funded aid work which continues despite the dangers of the current security situation.

Mogadishu, beautiful, but deadly. Five aid workers have died here in the last five weeks.
 
We make our way along a main road which has not been maintained for twenty years, then through side roads which more like sand dunes to our home for a few days...The Peace Hotel.
 
Bizarrely the hotel contrasted its name by sending its own militia armed with AK47s to escort us the 1500 metres or so from the airfield to the compound.
 
The hotel is packed with aid workers. Islamic Relief, Save the Children and a doctor from Merlin are all here despite the dangers.
 
The rains have come to north Kenya and Ethiopia and eased the situation there to some degree, but in Somalia four million people are still at serious risk, three million in the South Central region. In this war-torn country, which has not had a viable national government for more than two decades, one in four children never sees their fifth birthday.
 
Within hours we are at the headquarters of Islamic relief in Mogadishu where an incredibly enthusiastic team, all recruited locally, describe their aid work to provide, food aid, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene advocacy), health services and education to the most needy both around the city and across the country.
 
We visit a clinic at a nearby internally displaced people’s (IDP) camp, where next door a charismatic thirteen year old leads a class of youngsters are both learning to read and getting to know hygiene basics.
 
Then on to a food distribution site where 250 of the neediest households in Mogadishu are gathered to get supplies of rice, sugar, cooking oil and salt. The depot is a haven of peace in a crater of war-torn hell. We are in the former government district which has been bombed and shelled to bits by rival factions.
 
We are surrounded by shattered buildings and the food is lined up against a massive wall pock-marked by shell holes and small craters in the concrete created by machine gun fire.
 
A young Somali mum tells me the food distribution will feed her, her husband and their five children for two months. Islamic Relief thought they were proving enough for a household for a month at most.
 
Back at the hotel the aid workers talk enthusiastically of longer term plans to support peace when it comes. Plans to underpin education develop new industries, long term health and create again the “nation of beautiful people” as Somalia was once known thoughout Africa. And plans to help and advise the Somalia conference to be chaired by Britain in London on February 23rd.
 
The Peace Hotel could be the start of something significant. 
 
Clive Jones
Chairman
Disasters Emergency Committee

Comments

Leon from DEC

Posted at 03.16 pm on 23/05/12

Hi AAFOOTY,

No problem, good luck with the presentation!

AAFOOTY

Posted at 11.38 am on 23/05/12

thanks alot leon we will probably using this in our interview if thats alright

Leon from DEC

Posted at 03.51 pm on 18/05/12

Hi AAFOOTY,

The annual report is a good starting place on who our member agencies have helped: http://is.gd/GS1hVp

Generally this website really is the best source of info on the DEC, the appeal section gives further info on previous appeals, and the about DEC delves into how we're run etc.

Many thanks,

AAFOOTY

Posted at 02.21 pm on 18/05/12

Hi, leon im doing a presentoin about dec and it would be great if you could send us some extra infomation about this charitey and who and how it helps. Thnx. (b.t.w sorry about my freind pretending to be Emile Hesky)

Leon from DEC

Posted at 02.41 pm on 04/05/12

By the way, we have no current appeals but if you'd like to help support our member agencies that would be great! We have a page with links to their websites where you can find more info on how you can contribute:

http://www.dec.org.uk/member-charities

Leon from DEC

Posted at 02.39 pm on 04/05/12

Hi AAFOOTY,

We publish annual reports which give further information about how the money we and our agencies is spent: http://bit.ly/KsmtdN

We also do updates during appeals at key stages showing ongoing responses and the number of people reached. Here's one such example: http://bit.ly/tkGCPz

Emile Heskey

Posted at 02.35 pm on 04/05/12

i Agree.

aafooty

Posted at 02.33 pm on 04/05/12

i would like to see the estermaited amount off people saved by
charites like dec.... just a thought...

aafooty

Posted at 02.12 pm on 04/05/12

DoNATE NOW

Nicholas Juma

Posted at 10.06 am on 04/05/12

This is good news from Somalia. May God bless this beautiful country. I am CEO of a Kenya based humanitarian agency and we are thinking of moving into Somalia soon to assist in giving humanitarian relief to the affected people. Maybe we should think of partnering with DEC..........my email addresses are nicholasjuma@uzimaid.org and nikkijuma@yahoo.com

me

Posted at 04.51 pm on 30/04/12

thanks for help

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