30 June 2014

Ethiopia's Somali Region Nomadic Pastoralists Benefit From Mobile Services

Somali Region, Ethiopia — The pastoralists of Somali region make their living raising cattle, camels and goats. In the arid and drought-prone region, they are forced to move from place to place in search of pasture and watering holes for their animals.

As a result of the communities' lifestyle, formal education has never been an option and the youth are normally educated by the elders.

While mobile services have existed in several forms for decades in Somali region, in recent years the regional government together with various NGOs have led an initiative to substantially increase these services across the region. In order to improve the lives of pastoralists communities, mobile health, education and veterinarian services have been created to travel to where these people live.

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