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Water may be cause of war , but can also be reason for peace.

Yme has been working on water and sanitation in Somalia since 2006. , We have in this time gained experience about the importance of community work to ensure joint ownership between clans to projects in general and especially water sources . For water systems to be sustainable , there are two factors that are crucial;

  • technical solutions with a good design

  • shared ownership across clan boundaries

To ensure public ownership and to ensure access for the entire community , our local partner GSA developed special negotiating methods to unite the entire population. This has given us a lot of knowledge about the culture and experience in peace -building work.

Women and children most affected by the civil war

The civil war in Somalia has hindered development and left thousands of Somalis vulnerable. War has resulted in death , major movements of people, starvation of women and children, and thousands of refugees dependent on aid .

Women and children have been most affected by the civil war and has often been displaced and many have become permanent residents of refugee camps. As a result of civil conflict, many women become widows , while others were separated from their husbands for other reasons. Women have involuntarily become the heads of households with a great responsibility to ensure the survival of their children and other family members. This has placed an additional burden for women .

Peace Tour and peace commitees

Since we started ti work in Somalia in 2006, we have learned that communities are more than tired and frustrated by years of instability , anarchy and very slow development. Large public services are still missing because of instability and unrest . Basic needs of the population living in the area are not met.
– We believe that peace is possible , says Mohammed Elmi Sabri Jamall , Somalia counselor for Yme. In 2013 Yme started a comprehensive peace and reconciliation projects in Somalia supported by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry .

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– The problem is that people sit isolated in their own village without communicating with each other . This creates suspicion and hostility. Our plan is to reach out to people and help them start to talk. We must start with the grassroots , says an enthusiastic Mohammed Elmi , who is also head of the Norwegian – Somali diaspora NorSom . – Until now, all peace initiatives has been based on getting the warlords to talk. It has not worked . We want to start with the grassroots, the people who yearn for peace, he explains further . – One of the activities that this project will complete in Somalia is to host a ” Peace Tour ” to reach out to strategic towns and villages. Here will be formed ” peace committees ” . The hope of the project is to get people to talk , and even find solutions for how peace can be created. The uniqueness of this project is that we will work with the common man and woman in Somalia , he said.

Women have an important role

- The peace commitees will be trained by a competent person and we will have a strong emphasis on women who will have female teachers. Women have an important role in peace efforts worldwide, and the same shall apply in Somalia. As a result of the project and to ensure continued work for peace, the goal is to create a peace center in the city of Galkayo in central Somalia. The Peace Center is an initiative of NorSom who work closely with Yme about this project , says Mohammed Elmi .

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