The Zamzam Foundation-Somalia at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), Istanbul, Turkey, June 2016.
“The world is at a critical juncture. We are witnessing the highest level of human suffering since the Second World War. Nearly 60 million people, half of them children, have been forced from their homes due to conflict and violence” (UN-WHS). On June 23-24, 2016, the first-ever humanitarian summit and exhibition forum was held in Istanbul, Turkey. The Zamzam Foundation was the only Somali NGO privileged to exhibit 24 years of humanitarian and development services in Somalia. The WHS brought together the largest number of INGOs, humanitarian actors, governments; people affected by humanitarian crises and the private sector under one roof in one the largest humanitarian summits.
Figure 1- The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon & Director General of Zamzam Foundation, Shuaib Abdullatif Bashir - 24 May 2016 (WHS)
The Zamzam Foundation seized the opportunity to meet the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who visited the Zamzam Foundation booth to exchange humanitarian challenges and development opportunities for Somalia. The Zamzam Foundation and our partners are determined to address the humanitarian and development challenges of Somalia including re-integration of IDPs, refugee and immigrant returnees. The Zamzam Foundation is hoping to participate in the upcoming UN Assembly and to addressing some of the many challenges of the Somali IDPs, refugees and migrant returnees and by providing some solutions in the permanent and sustainable settlement proposals.