A Somali refugee counts the cash she has received at a distribution center at Sheder camp in Ethiopia's Somali region, as part of WFP's new initiative to distribute both food and cash here. Most of the camp's residents are refugees from Somalia -- who account for a large share of Ethiopia's refugee population.
Somali refugees wait for their monthly WFP cash distribution at this center in Sheder camp, in Ethiopia's eastern Somali region. WFP tries to see that women collect the monthly distributions of both cash and food, to ensure they are used to meet their families' needs.
WFP ensures proper storage of food for distribution - like this warehouse at Sheder camp, in Ethiopia's Somali region. Besides cash transfers, Somali refugees at Sheder also receive monthly WFP rations of wheat, pulses, rice, enriched blended food (known as CSB+), vegetable oil, sugar and salt.
Finnish Ambassador Sirpa Mäenpää visits a shop near Sheder camp, in Ethiopia's Somali region. The camp's refugees come here to buy food like spaghetti, fresh vegetables and meat with the money they receive under WFP's cash-transfer pilot. Ethiopia's cash-transfer initiative is supported by Finland, along with the European Commission's humanitarian aid department, ECHO.
Asha Jama Ahmed, a mother of 10, fled Somalia in 2008. She says she is very happy now that she can buy pasta, soap and vegetables with WFP's cash assistance. Her purchases complement WFP's food basket, distributed monthly at Ethiopia's Sheder refugee camp.
Ambassador Mäenpää discusses life at Sheder camp in Ethiopia's Somali region with members of the camp's Refugee Center Committee. Despite the difficult situation in Somalia, the Ambassador says, she believes these Somali refugees will someday return to their homeland.