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Somaliland: From Genocide survival to Covid-19 Starvation

Hargeisa (SD) – Koos Abdi Farah is a Mother who survived the 1988 genocide in Somaliland committed by Somalia’s former government, but is now facing starvation in Hargeisa due to the government imposed shutdown.

According to Koos, she was paralyzed after her home in Burao
was bombed by the Somali air force and killed all of her six family
members. She is the lone one survivor of her family.

Explaining her situation she said “the last seventeen days of
Ramadan, the only thing I had in my home was water, in both breaking
the fast of Ramadan and the Suhur” She said in an interview with Star
TV (local satellite TV based in Hargeisa).

However, Mrs Koos is not the only one among the vulnerable people who survived the 1988 civil war who is now facing rom possible starvation.


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