Target: Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud
Goal: Stop evictions in Somalian refugee camps.
Somalia has been ravaged by factional, militant violence for two decades, and their suffering is exacerbated by a famine. Somalian citizens continue to suffer from malnutrition, lack of accessibility to clean water, preventable diseases due to inadequate sanitation and immunization, etc. Approximately 370,000 refugees are living in camps to flee from the crossfire. Due to the lack of ability to track civilian casualties, an unknown number of civilians have been killed, but a UN study from 2011 projected that it would exceed civilian casualties in Afghanistan. Although they have made significant progress reclaiming their borders, the government still has its hands tied dispersing remnants of ruthless militant groups like Al-Shabaab.
However, civilians are not even safe in these government controlled refugee camps in the capital of Mogadishu. Reports of human rights abuse have marred the Somalian government’s efforts to shield and curb civilian causalities. There have been evictions and destruction of large settlements and property that have resulted in deadly protests. Security forces have opened fire on protesters, killing a mother of nine children and an eight year old child. These evictions were made in order to make room for government development plans. As a result tens of thousands of people are stranded with no where to go.
The government has not offered a safe alternative for this displaced demographic. Although in January 2013, the Somali government had proposed to move these refugees to camps in the outer reaches of the city, they have not secured the safety of those proposed locations. It is irresponsible for a government to even entertain the thought of reconstruction and redevelopment when they have not ended the violence.
Sign this petition to urge the Somalian government to cease their evictions and provide the evicted with adequate shelter.
Dear President Mohamoud,
Securing civilian safety should be priority number one. It is irresponsible to evict civilians who have suffered decades of civil war and remain homeless. They have already suffered enough. To push them out to the outskirts of the city is to put them at the mercy of the remnant militant groups. This conflict has destroyed generations of families. Children live in the most destitute conditions and lack any formal education.
Your people are disillusioned and traumatized by the violence. No amount of redevelopment will revive your country until you secure the safety of your own citizens. An economy will not thrive if the citizens are not educated and integrated into it. Please stop your security forces from evicting people from their only place for safe haven.
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