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Ergo Radio Audience Feedback Report Released: September 23, 2022 – Somalia

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Most calls to the Ergo Radio observation platform this week (September 15-21, 2022) have raised concerns about continued drought and water scarcity, with displaced communities expressing their desperation. Escalating food prices remained a major concern. Many of the callers appealed for help from relief agencies and the government. A relatively large number of calls this week came from remote areas of the Seoul region, as well as from Sanag and Togdher. Many in the North spoke of wild animals attacking them and invading their water sources. Elsewhere, there were many calls from the central regions, with others from the southern regions (although the latter are usually less to this platform). Some callers in Galmudug and Hiran noted the additional stress caused by the conflict. A quarter of callers this week are female, which is higher than usual. The following summarizes the calls by topic.

Aid and the displaced – A caller in Puntland said that the food aid provided by the World Food Program had been reduced due to inflation and they could barely buy matches and soap, while their livestock had perished. Shabelle, a caller in Wanlawen, said local authorities officials are diverting aid intended for many of the displaced. A caller at Bahdu IDP camp in Adado, Galgaduud, said they had no income after losing their livestock. Another said in Gouriel that she is a sick mother who has been living in a temporary shelter since her displacement. A caller in Poliporti, Hiran, said they came to town after losing their animals because they had heard there was aid in the camps, but they received no help. Gedo, the caller in Dolo, said many displaced people had arrived in the area but aid was less than before. A caller in Kismayo said they were suffering from a lack of food in the camps for internally displaced people and had been ignored by the government. Elsewhere, a caller said 250 families had received bed nets from an aid organization but still needed other basic aid.

conflict – Callers in Elasha-Biyaha, Galgadud, said their situation was deteriorating due to drought and conflict. Many callers in Hiran spoke of Al-Shabab attacks that destroyed water wells, displaced people fled to Beltween, and the impact of drought without rain for a long time.

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Drought and water scarcity – In Somaliland, the caller in Addali, Marudi J., said that livestock were dying on the long journey there as many people migrated to the area after the recent rains. Among the many callers from Togdher, one caller in Buhodle wanted the authorities to take action against people who prevented their access to the water well. Others spoke of a lack of water and fodder. A caller in Nq-Damigo said their livestock had died. Among the callers in Sanag, one caller in Dharkeyn near Hingalol said she needed iron plates to protect the water source from contamination by invasive monkey populations. One caller at Al-Afwan said that they were between two governments and that they were both ignored. Callers in Jawf and Holul spoke of dead or dying livestock. Another caller said they did not receive any help. In Seoul, callers at Hudun and other unnamed locations said their livestock had died or had been attacked by monkeys and other wild animals, and people were desperate and had no help. Some of the callers referred to diseases, including diarrhea. Someone said food was scarce and they were on the verge of starvation, but neither the Puntland government nor Somaliland responded. Another said that aid organizations visited them but that no aid followed up. In Puntland, a caller near Qardo said their livestock were so weak due to a lack of water and feed that they could barely move. Several callers in Garowe said the drought was getting worse, there was a shortage of food and water, and livestock had died. A caller in Galcayo said they needed to step in to deal with water shortages and high inflation. Mudge, the caller in Shabu, said the drought was getting worse and people were dying. There were many callers from parts of Galgudud, including Abudwak, Adado, Palanbali, Gurel, Daghi, Aldhar and Glensor, regarding the prolonged and worsening drought. A caller in Adado asked why the Somali government’s Special Envoy for Drought lacked information and details about the newly displaced and the newly displaced children and elderly. A caller in Palanbali said the cattle were starving. A caller in Gouriel said they had no livestock left and were helpless. A caller in Galgaduud said, in addition to the drought aid, they need free education to keep their children in school. In Hiran, several callers in Beletweyne and Blooport said people and livestock were facing shortages of food and water and that they needed help. In Middle Shabelle, a caller in Bio Ade said their wells were dry and the closest water was 40-50 kilometers away. Their livestock – their lifeblood, he said, was dying. A caller in Wanlawen, Lower Shabelle, said a dollar was worth only 55,000 shillings and that water was scarce. A caller in Bove Gadod, Bay, said aid could not reach them at their location and that they were in hardship. Callers in Kismayo said the lack of water and drought affected their livestock and children.

Precipitation and prices – A caller in Odanlei, Tugdr, said that despite the rains, food prices are still high. On the other hand, the caller in Jawhar, M. Chappelle, the river level had improved after some rain, and the price of corn had fallen which made it better off.