The swarms of desert locusts plaguing many parts of Somalia remained the primary concern of most callers to Radio Ergo’s independent feedback platform this week (28 October-2 November 2020). A new development was the high number of calls about locusts received from Middle Shabelle region. The other point of note was the increased number of calls about water shortage and food insecurity, mostly from northern regions. Coronavirus was still a topic of concern for some callers.
The feedback platform is open for listeners to call in on the topic of their choice. We listen to and transcribe the messages received and compile weekly reports, as a way of sharing these local voices among a wider community, including national and international decision-makers and responders.