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Somalia – UNFAO

Arete worked with the UN organisation FAO (Food and Agricultural Organisation) in Somalia to document the severe drought affecting the Horn of Africa using photography, film and audio. Photographer Karel Prinsloo travelled to Somalia numerous times to highlight the situation and FAO’s work to avert large-scale famine in the region.

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A family outside their shelter at a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) on the outskirts of the village of Qardho , Puntland, Somalia, Thursday, 26 March, 2017. The IDPs in Qardho village are pastoralists who moved there after losing their livelihoods due to the current drought. They lost almost all their livestock, camels and goats, on which they depend to survive. Photo/Karel Prinsloo/FAO

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Women walk on the outskirts of a camp for internally displaced people in Uusgure village, Puntland, Somalia, Sunday, 5 Feb 2017. The IDP's in Uusgure village are pastorals who moved there after they lost their livelihood due to the current drought. They lost almost all their livestock, camels and goats, on which they depend on to survive. Photo/Karel Prinsloo/FAO

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An old woman walk in a camp for internally displaced people in Uusgure village, Puntland, Somalia, Sunday, 5 Feb 2017. The IDP's in Uusgure village are pastorals who moved there after they lost their livelihood due to the current drought. They lost almost all their livestock, camels and goats, on which they depend on to survive. Photo/Karel Prinsloo/FAO

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FAO Livestock Sector Coordinator , Khalid Saeed shows Dhux Salad ( 50) how to treat her livestock against disease, at a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) on the outskirts of the village of Qardho , Puntland, Somalia, Thursday, 26 March, 2017. The IDPs in Qardho village are pastoralists who moved there after losing their livelihoods due to the current drought. They lost almost all their livestock, camels and goats, on which they depend to survive. Photo/Karel Prinsloo/FAO

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Camels walk past a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) on the outskirts of the village of Qardho , Puntland, Somalia, Thursday, 26 March, 2017. The IDPs in Qardho village are pastoralists who moved there after losing their livelihoods due to the current drought. They lost almost all their livestock, camels and goats, on which they depend to survive. Photo/Karel Prinsloo/FAO

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Veterinarian Khadra Abdiragman Mohamad (22) from the Puntland Ministry of Livestock, vaccinates and treats livestock against disease near the village of Bandar Beyla , Puntland, Somalia, 25 March, 2017. FAO and the Puntland Ministry of Livestock are working together in a partnership to vaccinate and treat livestock .Pastoralists are moving their livestock East towards the ocean where there is still grazing to be found. This has put the area under a lot of pressure as people and livestock are competing for the few resources available during the drought. Photo/Karel Prinsloo/FAO

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FAO Livestock Sector Coordinator , Khalid Saeed vaccinate Mahal Abdillahi Mohamed's goats against parasites and treat them for other diseases, near the village of Bandar Beyla , Puntland, Somalia, Wednesday, 8 March, 2017. Pastoralist are moving their livestock East towards the ocean where there is still grazing to be found. This put the area under a lot of pressure as people and livestock are competing for the few resources available during the drought. Once completed the water reservoir will ease some of the water needs for the area.Photo/Karel Prinsloo/FAO

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FAO Livestock Sector Coordinator , Khalid Saeed vaccinate Mahal Abdillahi Mohamed's goats against parasites and treat them for other diseases, near the village of Bandar Beyla , Puntland, Somalia, Wednesday, 8 March, 2017. Pastoralist are moving their livestock East towards the ocean where there is still grazing to be found. This put the area under a lot of pressure as people and livestock are competing for the few resources available during the drought. Once completed the water reservoir will ease some of the water needs for the area.Photo/Karel Prinsloo/FAO

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FAO Livestock Sector Coordinator , Khalid Saeed show Mahal Abdillahi Mohamed to treat his goats against parasites and other diseases, near the village of Bandar Beyla , Puntland, Somalia, Wednesday, 8 March, 2017. Pastoralist are moving their livestock East towards the ocean where there is still grazing to be found. This put the area under a lot of pressure as people and livestock are competing for the few resources available during the drought. Once completed the water reservoir will ease some of the water needs for the area.Photo/Karel Prinsloo/FAO

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Mahal Abdillahi Mohamed bring a goat to be treated by FAO Livestock Sector Coordinator , Khalid Saeed against parasites and other diseases, near the village of Bandar Beyla , Puntland, Somalia, Wednesday, 8 March, 2017. Pastoralist are moving their livestock East towards the ocean where there is still grazing to be found. This put the area under a lot of pressure as people and livestock are competing for the few resources available during the drought. Once completed the water reservoir will ease some of the water needs for the area.Photo/Karel Prinsloo/FAO

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FAO Livestock Sector Coordinator , Khalid Saeed show Mahal Abdillahi Mohamed to treat his goats against parasites and other diseases, near the village of Bandar Beyla , Puntland, Somalia, Wednesday, 8 March, 2017. Pastoralist are moving their livestock East towards the ocean where there is still grazing to be found. This put the area under a lot of pressure as people and livestock are competing for the few resources available during the drought. Once completed the water reservoir will ease some of the water needs for the area.Photo/Karel Prinsloo/FAO

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Mahal Abdillahi Mohamed herd his goats against , near the village of Bandar Beyla , Puntland, Somalia, Wednesday, 8 March, 2017. Pastoralist are moving their livestock East towards the ocean where there is still grazing to be found. This put the area under a lot of pressure as people and livestock are competing for the few resources available during the drought. Once completed the water reservoir will ease some of the water needs for the area.Photo/Karel Prinsloo/FAO

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A goat stand in the sun as pastoralist wait to vaccinated their livestock against parasites and other disease, near the village of Bandar Beyla , Puntland, Somalia, Wednesday, 8 March, 2017. Pastoralist are moving their livestock East towards the ocean where there is still grazing to be found. This put the area under a lot of pressure as people and livestock are competing for the few resources available during the drought. Once completed the water reservoir will ease some of the water needs for the area.Photo/Karel Prinsloo/FAO

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A man fill water containers for livestock, near the village of Bandar Beyla , Puntland, Somalia, Wednesday, 8 March, 2017. A member of the community donate one water truck filled with water for the pastoralist in the area once a week.Pastoralist are moving their livestock East towards the ocean where there is still grazing to be found. This put the area under a lot of pressure as people and livestock are competing for the few resources available during the drought. Photo/Karel Prinsloo/FAO

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A mother and child at a camp for internally displaced people on the outskirts of the village of Qardho , Puntland, Somalia, Thursday, 9 March, 2017. The IDP's in Qardho village are pastorals who moved there after they lost their livelihood due to the current drought. They lost almost all their livestock, camels and goats, on which they depend on to survive. Photo/Karel Prinsloo/FAO

 

Arete’s photographer, Karel Prinsloo, travelled to Somalia during 2016/17 to document the devastating effects of the drought in Somalia and the work of the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). FAO is providing life-saving support to pastoralists and food producers in order to avert large-scale famine. Karel’s photos have been used widely on social media and print communications by the organization.

 

Using Karel’s photographs and stories gathered in the field, Jessica Monson produced a number of multimedia slideshows that highlight the challenges facing Somalis in rural areas, as well as the work being done by FAO to support their livelihoods.

 

In May, FAO commissioned Arete’s video team to produce a 2 minute campaign film to show their recent successes and increase their supporter base. Working with archival footage and Karel’s photos, the film highlights the situation of rural people living in the hardest hit areas of Somalia, and demonstrates FAO’s expansive efforts to preserve the livelihoods of nomadic pastoralists across the country by protecting their livestock against disease and starvation.

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