The general picture presented by callers to the Radio Ergo feedback platform this week (July 21-27, 2022) is one of worsening drought and water scarcity in many parts of the country, with an impact partner on lives and livelihoods. There have been many calls from Somaliland, especially from Togdher, and an increase in calls from Mudug compared to the past few weeks. The Shabelle and Bay regions were also more important. Several reported failing water points. Rising prices for water, food and fuel were a major concern among callers in all regions. There have also been complaints about the lack of help and response from authorities and aid agencies. Here is a summary of the calls by theme.
Drought and water shortage – among the many callers from Togdher, one caller from Awdanle said their boreholes were not working, their livestock were sick and their livelihoods were at risk. Many in Buhodle and Burao called for help to overcome the prolonged drought. Callers in Qoryalle said it was not raining and the drought was severe. Another caller from Togdher said the situation was getting worse. In Sanag, a woman calling Garadag said the drought was severe and widespread and the government should help them. A caller in the border town of Haylan said water sources had run out and the Somaliland and Puntland administrations had neglected them. A caller from the Sool area said their cattle had no fodder and their children were malnourished due to the drought. In Mudug, a woman calling in Galkayo said the drought was getting severe and instead of waiting for aid agencies, people should pray for rain. Callers in Harhar said the drought led to livestock deaths and displacement. One said the conflict is also exacerbating conditions. A caller in Jariban asked for water and fodder saying he was afraid of losing all his animals. In Galgadud, callers from Abudwak wanted their voices to be carried by Radio Ergo to get help from the government. One said their goats and camels were dying, another said families were suffering. In Adado, a caller said the water catchments were empty and they had no generators to access water from the boreholes. Other callers from Dusamareb, Do’oley, Bahdo, Balanbale and Kahandale all requested aid intervention due to the hardships of drought and lack of water. In the Bay region in the south, a woman calling in Baidoa said food prices had risen sharply and they could not sell their livestock for cash. A woman calling in Daynunay said aid agencies failed to deliver on their promise to help them after their farms failed. In Middle Shabelle, a farmer from Raaga-Elle said the wells had broken so they could not irrigate their fields. In Lower Shabelle, a caller in Tortorow said there were no wells in their area and a water tank cost 50,000 shillings. A caller in Wanleweyn said the government should intervene before people die due to deteriorating conditions. A caller in an unspecified Somali border area said that while it was raining people were suffering on the Ethiopian side and needed help as they planned to migrate.
Cost of life – callers in all regions have complained about rising prices and the inability to buy basic necessities. Callers in Hargeisa and Togdher spoke of high inflation. A caller in Bosaso said food, fuel and other items had gone up and were difficult to afford. A caller to Mr Shabelle said although they had rain they could not sell their meager livestock and were facing soaring food prices. A woman in Jubaland said inflation was unbearable and the government needed to intervene to reduce prices. A woman calling in Bardera, Gedo, said prices were high and it was hard to afford anything.
PDI/PLWD – a caller in Dusamareb, claiming to be a widower, father of nine and disabled, again wanted to benefit from the aid of the national fund ‘Bahnano’, which had stopped. A caller in Dollow said they were displaced people in Kabasa camp who had lost their livelihoods and were not receiving aid as conditions worsened.
COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE – this topic continued to attract callers, some of whom had questions for the Radio Doctor. A woman calling in Garowe said she was still worried about the disease. A caller from the May 18 IDP camp in Togdher said they had taken the vaccine and urged others to do the same.