Hargeysa, Somaliland, September 17, 2011 (SL Times) – The Chairwoman of
ODXA, Fadumo Saeed Ibrahim, warned that the number of homeless children
is increasing in Somaliland and their situation is getting worse. She
added that if nothing is done about this issue, Somaliland will face
Fadumo Saeed Ibrahim said this in an interview with Haatuf Newspaper in
her office. She also made the following points:
-Although the construction of the homeless shelter was completed, and
the ministry of family affairs had taken over the building, there are
still no children in the shelter.
-There are two categories of homeless children in Somaliland: those who
are citizens of Somaliland, and those who are not citizens such as
refugees from Ethiopia and people who fled the wars in Somalia.
-Many of the homeless children have become drug addicts and some of them
are even involved in prostitution.
-Rape of homeless children has increased and has taken even uglier turns
such as gang rapes.
-Her court case against the governor of Sahil region is still active and
she is waiting for the court’s decision.
-She is ready to take part in the political process of the country when
she gets a chance.
Fadumo Saeed emphasized in the interview that it is part of the
government’s responsibility to help homeless children, and that the
government would be held accountable for its handling of the situation.
She also added that it is a religious duty for all Somalilanders to help