Somali (Not Somalia!)

Somali (9) is the most eastern of the nine ethnic divisions of Ethiopia. It is often called Somalia, though it is not to be confused with the independent country of that same name. It used to be called Ogaden. The capital of Somali is Jijiga.

The neglect of the region and the porosity of the border with neighbouring Somalia mean that it is seen as a possible haven for extremism and this has brought its own problems.

The rains are a lifeline for the people of the region and water is a precious commodity. In response to the frequent droughts, MSF has been running a water and sanitation project (Watsan) which has translated into the construction of numerous wells.

Somali (Not Somalia!)

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