Far from home

Bild: Mohamed Ali (Sucuudi)

About homelessness in Africa and Europe
The last time a global survey was attempted – by the United Nations in 2005 – an estimated 100 million people were homeless worldwide. As many as 1.6 billion people lacked adequate housing (Habitat, 2015).

Getting an accurate picture of global homelessness is extremely challenging.
Definitions of homelessness vary from country to country, census data is normally collected based on household and while most census data takes into account those living in shelters and receiving government aid, but on the other hand there is uncountable and “hidden homeless” – those who may be residing in inadequate settlements such as slums, streets, rural areas and squatting in structures not intended for housing, couch surfing with friends and family, and those who relocate periodically.

As mentioned above homelessness and its definition vary from country to country or continent to continent, comparing Africa and Europe or Somalia and Austria it is not an easy topic; in Somalia and Africa situation is more devastated and unpleasant severe.

There are 400,000 „internally displaced people“ in Somalia. 1 – 3 million Somalis have fled the wars and conflict in their country as refugees over the last 14 years to go to Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia and elsewhere, another study indicates one million Somalis are homeless mostly young children at the age of 15 or younger!, the streets of big cities in Somalia like Mogadishu, Kismaayo,Baydhabo, Hargeisa, Garowe and Lasanod are full of orphanages which are in their early years of life under the age of 15.

Of course there are challenges and homeless people in our society here in Austria but in my opinion things are much better according to other countries particularly Africa and the countries like Somalia.

Assuredly I am still confused that in rich countries  like Austria people have to sleep on a street, it makes me feel presentiment when I see the streets of such a cities like Innsbruck. homeless people sleeping late at night in the middle of a winter season.

Despite the fact that we can overcome on this situation and globally inspire to finally reach the point that every man has a shelter and his basic human needs.


Ref: https://www.homelessworldcup.org/homelessness-statistics/

Birgit Hohlbrugger

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