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Somalia: Water an extra precious resource during severe drought

REPORT from International Committee of the Red Cross Water is precious everywhere, but there are few places on Earth where water is as precious as in Somalia right now. The Horn of Africa region is fighting a severe drought that threatens thousands of lives. It's a reminder during this year's World Water Day how valuable water is for those without it. Pastoralist families across Somalia are uprooting their lives and moving in search of water that their animals – goats, sheep and camels - can drink before dying of thirst. Somali families that grow crops using irrigation now stare at dry rivers and empty farmlands. Though the climatic conditions in Somalia frequently alternate between drought and floods, the current dry spell is as severe as many residents have seen in their lifetime. Residents have told the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that hundreds of their livestock have died. Some families have even lost loved ones to extreme thirst. Communities are flocking to any water source they can find. "Boreholes are pumping water for almost 24 hours a day, especially now during the drought," said Fernando Resta, the ICRC's water and habitat coordinator. "There is an overcrowding of livestock and humans around boreholes as these are the only water sources available'. To assist families in need, the ICRC is providing temporary animal troughs and onion tanks – flexible, open-top storage tanks -- to increase the capacity of communities to store water. The tanks can hold 5,000 litres of water pumped from a borehole. This ensures that there is more water for animals to drink. In Matabaan town, five such tanks have already been installed. Residents are also flocking to dry river beds to dig for water, a traditional coping mechanism that is used during the dry season. The ICRC assisted the community on the outskirts of Garowe by building subsurface dams to avoid losing underground water from the river beds. These dams have been in place for seven years and still contain water to this day. The ICRC's emergency drought response has reached 500,000 persons. They have been assisted with either food or cash, house hold items among them blankets and mosquito nets, and chlorine tablets to purify water. Medical supplies to the ICRC supported health structures have been increased.

Community Policing Workshop held in Mogadishu

 
EUCAP Somalia
 
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Mogadishu, Somalia
 
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PRESS RELEASE
 
March 13th 2017
 
Community Policing Workshop held in Mogadishu
 
EUCAP Somalia organized a Workshop on Community Policing within the maritime context in Mogadishu
 
on March 13th, attended by 10 officers from the Maritime Police Unit.
 
The Mission’s Senior Police Adviser Jasper Ritzema - who designed and conducted the seminar,
 
discussed how Community Policing is both a philosophy and a strategy in encouraging the public to
 
become partners with the police in preventing crime.
 
Ritzema highlighted the value of bringing the community closer to the police with the mutual end goal
 
of making neighbourhoods free of crime and disorder through cooperation.
 
“When the police is merely reactive and as a result show only limited communication with the
 
community, the police and citizens will alienate from each other. Information will not be provided and
 
shared” said EUCAP Somalia Senior Police Adviser during his lecture.
 
Somali officers attending the workshop agreed that amicably and lawfully resolving conflicts through
 
participation of citizens themselves - the ultimate aim of community policing - would benefit their
 
society.
 
Background
 
EUCAP Somalia is a civilian EU mission, under the auspices of the Common Security and Defence Policy,
 
which assists Somalia in strengthening its capacity to ensure maritime security.

EU Maritime Capacity Building Mission (EUCAP) opens new premises in Hargeisa

PRESS RELEASE
 
March 8th 2017
 
EU Maritime Capacity Building Mission (EUCAP) opens new premises in Hargeisa
 
The EU Maritime Capacity Building Mission EUCAP Nestor has been re-launched under a new,
 
broadened civilian maritime security mandate.
 
On March 8th
 
, the mission opened new premises in Hargeisa, Somaliland.
 
Under the new mandate EUCAP will continue to provide support to the Somaliland Coast Guard
 
in Berbera and work closely together with the Berbera Maritime and Fisheries Academy. The
 
mission also mentors the Somaliland judiciary on Law Drafting.
 
The event was attended by the Somaliland Authorities and media representatives, welcomed
 
by the European Union External Action Service Civilian Operations Commander (CivOpsCdr),
 
Kenneth Deane and EUCAP Head of Mission, Maria-Cristina Stepanescu.
 
The EU CivOpsCrd described to the Somaliland partners how the focus on governance and
 
institution-building is an integral part of a Maritime Resource and Security Strategy.
 
With an extensive coastline, a secure and stable maritime environment can contribute to the
 
sustainable use Somaliland maritime resources and the development of a blue economy.
 
EUCAP Head of Mission stressed that the new mandate will enable the mission to assist
 
Somaliland in developing its maritime capacity tackling a broader set of maritime security
 
threats and challenges, particularly fisheries inspection and enforcement, maritime search and
 
rescue, counter-smuggling and counter-piracy capacity. The mandate, added Ms Stepanescu
 
also retains an emphasis on local capacity to police the coastal zone on land and at sea.
 
EU Maritime Capacity Building Mission (EUCAP) opens new premises in Hargeisa
 
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EUCAP
 
Press and Public Information Office
 
EU Capacity Building Mission (EUCAP)
 
International Campus, Mogadishu International Airport,
 
Mogadishu, Somalia
 
Somalia’s mobile +252 699012497
 
Kenya’s mobile: +254 727106645
 
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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Background
 
EUCAP is a civilian EU mission, under the auspices of the Common Security and Defence Policy,
 
which assists Somalia in strengthening its capacity to ensure maritime security.
 
 
EUCAP
 
Press and Public Information Office
 
EU Capacity Building Mission (EUCAP)
 
International Campus, Mogadishu International Airport,
 
Mogadishu, Somalia
 
Somalia’s mobile +252 699012497
 
Kenya’s mobile: +254 727106645
 
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Web: www.eucap-som.eu
 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eucapsom
 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EUCAPSOM
 
EUCAP
 
Press and Public Information Office
 
EU Capacity Building Mission (EUCAP)
 
International Campus, Mogadishu International Airport,
 
Mogadishu, Somalia

EUCAP Somalia Field Office opens in Garowe

 
 
EUCAP Somalia Field Office opens in Garowe
 
On March 7th, EUCAP Somalia – formerly known as EUCAP Nestor – hosted a ceremony to officially open
 
a Field Office in Garowe, Puntland State of Somalia.
 
The event was also an occasion to communicate to the Puntland partners and the public about the new,
 
broadened civilian maritime security mandate of EUCAP Somalia.
 
This was presented to the Puntland Authorities and the media present by the European Union External
 
Action Service Civilian Operations Commander (CivOpsCdr), Kenneth Deane and EUCAP Somalia Head of
 
Mission (HoM), Maria-Cristina Stepanescu.
 
With the occasion, a Cooperation Arrangement between the Mission and the Puntland Government,
 
represented by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, was signed by EUCAP Somalia’s
 
HoM and the State Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Mr. Ahmed Ibrahim Awale.
 
The Vice-President of Puntland, Hon. Abdihakim Abdullahi Hajji Omar attended the event and
 
together with CivOpsCdr ‘cut the ribbon’, marking the opening of the new Mission Field Office.
 
With an active presence in Mogadishu, Hargeisa (Somaliland) and Garowe (Puntland), EUCAP Somalia
 
Field Office in Garowe will work to enhance Puntlands maritime civilian law enforcement capacity to
 
exert effective maritime governance over its waters, reinforce the capacity to carry out fisheries
 
inspections and enforcement, maritime search and rescue, counter smuggling, fight piracy and policing
 
the coastal zone on land and at sea. The Field Office will support these objectives through supporting
 
Puntland authorities in developing the necessary legislation and setting up judicial authorities and
 
through providing the necessary mentoring, advice, training and equipment to Somali maritime civilian
 
law enforcement entities.“Our thoughts are very much with the Somali people at this time, when food insecurity
 
threatens so many. EU humanitarian aid will contribute to alleviating that. On the Security and
 
Defence side, EUCAP Somalia will continue to support a restructured Somali Maritime Security
 
Architecture, with the aim of contributing to a stable and secure Somalia. A stable and secure
 
Somalia means increased security for the population and the chance for it to benefit from the
 
peace dividends", said Kenneth Deane, during his speech.
 
Background
 
EUCAP Somalia is a civilian EU mission, under the auspices of the Common Security and Defence Policy,
 
which assists Somalia in strengthening its capacity to ensure maritime security.
 
Minna Pesu
Executive Officer to Deputy HoM and CoS
EUCAP Somalia
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