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HI started activities in Somaliland in 1992 by setting up a rehabilitation centre in Hargeisa. HI’s strategy in Somaliland is to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities and to engage development actors in promoting inclusion and participation of people with disabilities at local and national levels.

Women sit in a circle in a large room, talking to each other, accompanied by a mental health professional.

Hargeisa, 2020. A Psychosocial Group Support Session (PSS) organized by HI in the IDP camp of Malawle. | © HI

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HI intervenes to help vulnerable people to access protection, psychosocial and mental health support, health and functional rehabilitation, and works to ensure that humanitarian action is inclusive of persons with disabilities and other populations at risk of exclusion.

For displaced and host populations, HI focuses on protection, emergency psychosocial support and referrals to lifesaving services. The organisation also provides functional and physical rehabilitation services for people with disabilities and stimulation therapy rehabilitation for children suffering from malnutrition. For individuals experiencing psychological distress, HI provides mental health and psychological support services and strenghtens services to include vulnerable members of the crisis-affected population.

HI provides support, resources and training to local and international humanitarian organizations to implement the IASC disability inclusive guidelines for more inclusive coordination data collection and programming.

Areas of intervention

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Situation of the country

Map of Humanity & Inclusion's interventions in Somaliland

Endemic inter-clan fighting for control of land, pasture or water sources, a phenomenon intensified during drought conditions, continues to displace civilians.

Endemic inter-clan fighting for control of land, pasture or water sources, which is exacerbated by drought, continues to displace civilians. Insecurity also drives displacement and increases humanitarian needs. Protracted internal displacement situations in Somalia has also led to the loss of social protection networks. Many have been displaced for decades, are marginalized and are at risk of forced evictions, discrimination, widespread exploitation and abuse. Female-headed households within IDP communities are particularly vulnerable and often have limited access to justice, services and assistance, including health care and psychosocial support. Children are particularly vulnerable to various forms of abuse, including practices such as female genital mutilation, forced and early marriage, family separation, child labour and forced recruitment into armed groups. 

  • Number of HI staff members: 25 
  • Date the programme opened: 1992 
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