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World Water Day celebrated in the Somali capital Mogadishu

UNICEF Somalia/ WARDI
© UNICEF Somalia/ WARDI
WASH supplies are being distributed to IDPs in Mogadishu during World Water Day 2011

MOGADISHU, Somalia, 30 March 2011: In spite of conflict in the embattled Somali capital, Mogadishu, community members turned out in large numbers to celebrate World Water Day on 22 March and appeal for water services for the most vulnerable households.

UNICEF's NGO partner, WARDI Relief and Development Initiatives used the opportunity to distribute 600 20-litre jerry cans, 1,000 10-litre jerry cans and over a hundred cartons of soap to internally displaced people in three settlements in the capital, known as Djibouti 1and 2 and Shebelle.

In the drought-affected city, IDP settlement leaders received the items at a special ceremony attended by the Commissioner of Wadajir District and the Bulahubey Sector District Officer. Featured speakers at the event, including the Director General of the Ministry of Mineral and Water, Mr. Hussein Osman and the Director General for Ministry of Health, Mr. Aidid Suileman Hashi, emphasized the importance of water and sustainable management of fresh water resources for rural and urban populations.

Mr. Osman acknowledged the role of humanitarian organisations in the drought-response given the lack of water storage and the weakness of the water management systems. 

Mr. Sheikh Osman from WARDI urged the gathering to advocate for the accessibility of water and to practice keeping water safe in containers to avoid disease brought by flying insects and to use chlorine to treat water.

 

 
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