line with its philosophy and character as an impact-driven social initiative,
the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has lent its voice to the lingering
humanitarian crisis in the war-torn African country of Somalia.
62-year-old democratic nation, which lies in the Horn of Africa, has been
encumbered with civil wars and security challenges for the past three decades,
throwing its most vulnerable populations, especially women and young girls into
a nightmare of untold hardship.
the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in its advocacy and humanitarian
efforts, AFRIMA has urged political stakeholders and people of influence to
shower support towards the UNFPA’s aid efforts in Somalia.
the much-anticipated 8th AFRIMA, tagged ‘Teranga Edition’ draws near, AFRIMA
has launched the #HopeForSomalia campaign, which includes championing
policy-stimulating petitions and fostering fundraisers, to help alleviate the
harsh impact of the crisis on Somalians, especially Somali women and young
girls. The Teranga Edition is scheduled to be held in Dakar, Senegal on 12-15
on the situation, AFRIMA’s Executive Producer/President, Mr Mike Dada, said:
“Like the situation in Somalia, a popular narrative about Africa is that it is
a war-torn habitat, without any hope for sustainable peace in sight. It’s
saddening; because the danger of that narrative is that it discourages actual
solutions. Somalia has enjoyed peace for years and even bears a reputation for
being one of Africa’s most pro-democratic societies. We cannot watch and fold
our arms, seeing innocent women, children, and Somalis alike have their lives
and dreams cut short by the conflict, terrorism or this climate crisis, without
any form of aid or relief.
“In AFRIMA, we abide
by the ethos of family. We are one Africa, and whatever burdens Somalia should
burden the rest of the continent. We are committed to ensuring that we help
contribute to the long-awaited peace-restoration, famine prevention and
drought- rehabilitation efforts in Somalia. We thank our partners the United
Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), for their great work in Somalia, and for
calling our attention to this. It is especially shocking to see how great these
women and girls are suffering,
and how high the maternal mortality rate is as a ripple effect of this war. We
believe Africa will return to its position as a culturally progressive,
innovative and peace-loving continent, once again.”
on the development, UNFPA Representative in Somalia, Niyi Ojuolape, said that
women and girls are the most hit by the crisis, urging for support to end the
gory situation, and to ameliorate the impact. He said, “Somalia is facing a
complex and devastating crisis. The country has one of the highest maternal
mortality ratios in the world. Conflict and drought-led displacements are
adding to the strain on the already limited sexual and reproductive health
(SRH) services and weak health system. Lack of nutrition and access to
healthcare contribute to the poor health of women and girls. Pregnant and
lactating women, in particular, are at risk due to the negative effects of
malnutrition on pregnancy outcomes and newborn survival.
82% of those displaced are women and children, including 1.95 million women and
girls of reproductive age. In the next three months, it is estimated that there
will be 918 deliveries per day, with 15% of pregnant women experiencing
complications. Without access to qualified birth attendants, health services
and facilities, maternal and newborn mortality will increase further.
“Rising food prices, water
shortages, death of livestock, and loss of livelihoods have led to multiple
displacements, making women and girls more vulnerable to increased gender-based
violence (GBV) and exploitation. Data shows a 21% increase in reported rape
cases, a 60% increase in reported cases of intimate partner violence, and a 20%
increase in the number of women and girls accessing lifesaving GBV response
services since last year.”
Ojuolape also pleaded with the
international donor community to “urgently prioritise the support of quality
SRH services and GBV prevention and response to help prevent death, disease,
and disability for women and girls in Somalia.” to help achieve long-term
development and peace in Somalia.
partnership with the African Union Commission, AFRIMA is the pinnacle of
African music globally.