Protecting the most vulnerable

About Us Bani'Adam

We understands that the human rights concerns and specific needs of internally displaced men, children and women do not necessarily end at the same time as the natural disaster, nor when they have found temporary safety, or even upon their return or decision to integrate in their new host community.

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Populations in South Central Somalia have been exposed to a long period of conflict and a wide range of disasters, including, floods, drought and tsunamis, as well as to the adverse effects of AWD/Cholera epidemics, and piracy. While as Bani’Adam we know that the long conflict and climate change are causing forced internal displacement across South Central Somalia, there is no systematic collection of data on displaced persons or sustained monitoring of their situation and recovery because of issues of accessibility of some locations due to insecurity. The lack of reliable information about the numbers of people displaced and their human rights concerns leads to inadequate preparedness and planning measures being undertaken to assist and protect the affected populations. This results in failures to protect, once displacement occurs.

Our experience indicates that persons displaced inside Somali by disasters are particularly vulnerable to threats to security and physical integrity, loss of contact with children and family members, inadequate and insecure shelter, discrimination in aid distribution, psycho-social stress and sexual and gender-based violence.

As time passes, other challenges arise, for example the impact of the loss of personal documentation, hampered access to health, adequate food, water and sanitation, education, employment, access to basic services, land and property. This damage often has a large social and economic impact on enjoyment of human rights. Bani’Adam integrates human rights in all programs, from targeting to activities implemented.

We strive to minimize suffering of our target communities, we are aware that the vulnerability to conflict is further worsened by lack of stable government and highly dispersed areas over which people live and the limited infrastructure. The isolation of many communities complicates response and recovery efforts. Poor people are more vulnerable to the effects of conflict and natural disasters as they are often not adequately included in preparedness efforts, live in poor quality housing in marginalized areas, and lack assets and access to land.

Bani’Adam understands that the human rights concerns and specific needs of internally displaced men, children and women do not necessarily end at the same time as the natural disaster, nor when they have found temporary safety, or even upon their return or decision to integrate in their new host community. Bani’Adam often looks beyond the need for immediate humanitarian assistance; internally displaced persons often require ongoing support in achieving a durable solution to their situation, in the face of marginalization, difficulty in accessing their rights and other challenges resulting from the circumstances of their displacement.

We are always guided by principles enshrined in the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, IASC framework on durable solutions for internally displaced persons and IASC operational guidelines on the protection of persons in situations of natural disasters and conflict.

Snapshot of Bani’Adam Human Rights program