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'The situation in Somalia was enough motivation for me to get into humanitarian work ': The testimony of an ACTED staff in Somalia


Abdi interviewing a beneficiary in Dinsoor for a food voucher distribution project. (ACTED)

Abdi works with ACTED Somalia and has been a humanitarian for the last five years. Here is what he has to say about his experience:

“Somalia continues to face protracted conflict and instability. This, coupled with adverse effects of drought, has made the country experience both slow and rapid onset disasters. Consequently, the number of people in dire need of humanitarian assistance has increased over the years. This was enough motivation for me to get into humanitarian work. My people have benefited a lot from ACTED through tailor-made assistance that meets the dire needs of communities without discrimination and with the direct involvement of beneficiaries. Consequently, ACTED is able to address the real needs of populations as opposed to the perceived needs. The fact that I get to experience the joy and pleasure of these communities firsthand makes me enjoy working with ACTED. I have felt untold fulfillment that makes me appreciate my input as a humanitarian worker a few times. For instance, in 2012, ACTED implemented a food voucher project in Middle Juba to address food insecurity among the most vulnerable populations. At the time, I was working as a monitoring and evaluation officer. During the endline survey, I was touched when one of the beneficiaries of the project approached me and narrated that the project had helped her secure food at a time when she didn’t have hope. Being the bread-winner of the family, she was tasked with providing for her family in a context where women needs are considered secondary. ACTED’s vulnerability criteria is especially relevant in contexts where women are considered a minority group and face discrimination even in getting access to humanitarian assistance. It was a very fulfilling moment to realize that the project not only improved food access, but also gave hope to the hopeless.”