(ERGO) – The major concern among callers to Radio Ergo’s feedback platform this week (11-17 November 2021) was the deepening drought resulting from successive failed rains and severe consequences for people and their livelihoods. Callers cited acute lack of water, animal fodder, and food. Some spoke of influxes of pastoralists to areas with rainfall, with others lacked the means to migrate.
Many spoke of livestock deaths and desperation to save their remaining herds of animals. The biggest number of callers on drought and water shortage came from central Somali regions, with many from southern regions, and some from the north.
Callers especially from Somaliland spoke of locust invasions and asked for help to control the locusts as well as for early warning information. Overall, many callers around the country asked for intervention by government and/or aid agencies at this time, with some asking specific questions about aid response.