International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Oct 17, 2012

The situation in southern Somalia has become worse following the drought caused by two seasons of low rainfall. (Photo: OCHA/Abdi Noor Yussuf)

Extreme poverty destroys the lives and spirit of people; it kills more children, young persons, and adults than any war. Every day, people living in extreme poverty are challenged and threatened by lack of food, shelter and access to essential services.

Recognizing that poverty is violence, the 2012 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty focuses on "Ending the violence of Extreme Poverty: Promoting empowerment and building peace".

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Our Stories

  • Asha Ali* is a widow and a mother of 6 children aged between 3 and 14. After her husband was killed by a stray bullet two years ago during fighting in Mogadishu, Asha has struggled to raise her children

  • A glimpse of hope for better times ahead

    Ar-Raqqah has been in the news a great deal lately as the scene of some of the fiercest fighting in the conflict in Syria that has been going on since March 2011. This once prosperous province hosted one of the capitals of Harun Al-Rashid, the famous Abbasid Caliph, has seen a dramatic downturn in recent years.

  • A journey of Resilience

    Hunger and siege have suffocated us” said Seham Al-Ali; a mother of five children who was forced to flee twice in a row from the devastating conditions in Aleppo, first to Menbej, then to Tartous governorate where she found in Al-Karnak shelter the safe haven for her family.

  • Ibrahim Farah Isaq* – a father of four – has lived in Bossaso since 1995. He was born in Qoryoley, Lower Shabelle in southern Somalia, where he completed intermediate school. His father owned farming land, houses and a small business before the outbreak of the civil war in 1991.

  • Sheikh Enow*, 48, has lived a life of misery and destitution. His misfortune can be traced to the collapse of the Somali government, when all his belongings were looted. Making matters worse, he had just lost his job.

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