Germany pledges to donate another 70 million euros to Somalia
Mogadishu, 1 May 2017 – Germany has donated 70 million euros ($76 million) to Somalia and plans to at least double that amount of assistance to help scale up humanitarian response to the ongoing drought in the Horn of Africa country.
The announcement was made by the German Foreign Affairs Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, during a one-day visit to Somalia to assess the humanitarian situation in the country.
Mr. Gabriel held discussions with Somalia’s Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Khaire, in Mogadishu, and later visited Baidoa to assess the drought situation in that part of the country.
Mr. Khaire thanked Germany for the continued assistance and urged other donors to emulate the European Union member state.
“We had very candid discussions, outlining what the government stands for and where we want to be moving forward. We welcome the support that Germany has extended to Somalia. We hope it will continue in the future,” the Prime Minister said.
He noted that Somalia was on a recovery path after many years of civil war and was mending relations with the international community.
“We hope that Germany will be our voice in the European Union, and since our country has changed the way we used to get aid, we hope that they will change since our priority is to rebuild the country and not just focus on drought,” Mr. Khaire added.
The German Foreign Minister said the drought affecting the country and the region is once again threatening to turn into a catastrophic humanitarian emergency, adding that efforts must be made to reverse the trend.
“This is why we (Germany) and the Secretary-General of the United Nations have made an appeal and called for greater aid to Somalia and the people in the Horn of Africa”, Mr. Gabriel observed.
He said the discussions with the prime minister did not just focus exclusively on drought but also on a long-term approach in regard to finding sustainable solutions for Somalia.
“And apart from agreeing on a new strategy for Somalia, we also believe it’s time for the international community to once again stand up and express its readiness and seriousness in the fight against hunger,” the Foreign Minister said in relation to the cyclical droughts in the region.
In Baidoa, Mr. Gabriel was received by the President of the South West state, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan, before touring the Maqori Manyow camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) transition centre.
The Foreign Affairs Minister was accompanied to Baidoa by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) in Somalia, Michael Keating, and he witnessed first-hand living conditions at the IDP camp.
The South West Minister of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration, Hassan Hussein Eelay, welcomed the delegation at the DDR center, which is funded by the German government.
“This center hosts Al-Shabaab defectors who agreed to stop violence against their people. As you can see, these young people before you have surrendered, and many others have already integrated into the community after they learnt helpful skills. We are hoping that others will join us soon. You are part of the people and the country,” Minister Eelay told the German Foreign Minister.
Apart from the DDR centre, other projects funded by the German Government include road maintenance, improving food and nutrition security to vulnerable populations and the promotion of sustainable land management.