Refugees often live in a state of limbo, waiting for governments to change or conflicts to end. In the meantime, time seems to stands still. But life doesn't stop when a person becomes a refugee - both the young and the old struggle to make it through the day and hope for a better future.
The European Commission spends more than 70% of its humanitarian budget helping refugees and displaced people in over 30 countries around the world. In East Africa, where more than 4 million people have been forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in neighbouring countries, the European Commission is present in the countries where refugees have settled, working with partners to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance.
In Somalia, the crisis dates back to the early 1990s and today, over 1 million Somali people are refugees in neighbouring countries. The European Commission has been assisting the Somali people over these years with humanitarian aid and in 2017, has allocated €78 million to assist Somalis affected by conflict and natural disasters inside Somalia and in neighbouring countries.
Sahra, is one of the many Somalis who took refuge in Europe. In this video, she traces her life back to when she had to flee the war and settle in France. Sahra has now returned to the now semi-autonomous region of Somaliland to help rebuild her country.
This is Sahra’s story.
Video by EU/ECHO