Media attention is focusing on Somali refugees arriving at Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. Thousands of people, mostly women and children have walked for days, even weeks and arrive at Dadaab with nothing. A global team of young filmmakers are supplying Survival Backpacks for immediate interim assistance to refugees en route from Somalia to Dadaab. Hot Sun Foundation is providing logistical and documentation support.
Somalis are fleeing the worst drought in 60 years. Thousands arrive daily at Dadaab refugee camp Kenya, overwhelming available resources. The Somalis, mainly women and children, have walked for weeks and arrive with nothing. International aid is on its way, but with over 1000 people arriving daily at Dadaab, refugees must wait to receive help. En route to Dadaab, Somali families need immediate interim assistance, including blankets, water, high energy food, sandals, emergency shelter.
A global team of young filmmakers from USA, Australia, Kenya, Somalia, Netherlands including Ahmed Farah, who has documented the life of Somali refugees for several years, Abdisalaan Aato, Deeq Afrika, Ayub Abdi are taking Survival Backpacks to Somalis walking to Dadaab. Survival Backpacks include temporary shelter, blankets, sandals, high energy food, milk, water They will report on the situation on video and photos to show the impact of your assistance. Multiple trips are planned.
Survival Backpacks will provide needed basics for Somali refugees walking from the border to Dadaab with nothing. Even more powerful will be the effect of Survival Backpacks being distributed by Somali filmmakers, who have been working with refugees at Dadaab. Somalis will have a chance to tell their stories about what is happening both in Somalia and at Dadaab on video and through photos, giving all of us a unique opportunity to learn what's happening and see the impact of our assistance.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
facebook page for Global Somali Emergency Response
Video: Dadaab: Get There or Die Trying
Blog: Global Somali Response
AfricaFocus Bulletin: Somalia & Survival Backpacks