Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Japan has agreed to provide funding for a water treatment project for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Somalia, which has been wracked by ethnic clashes and unrest for the last two decades.
According to a statement by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), obtained by PANA in Khartoum, Sudan on Tuesday, the organization has launched a 3-month pilot study of water supply, sanitation and hygiene for IDPs living on the outskirts of Mogadishu, the Somali capital.
The study, which is funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will test methodologies for the promotion and distribution of a new water treatment techniques that could benefit thousands of vulnerable Somalis in Mogadishu.
The country is experiencing its worst drought in 60 years.
The programme aims to provide clean and safe drinking water and will promote hygienic behavior among vulnerable IDPs and affected host communities.
It will also strengthen the technical capacity of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and civil society to better respond to environmental health challenges.
“Under the project, drinking water in the IDP camps will be made potable using a Japanese water treatment flocculants technology developed by the Nippon Poly-Glu Company Ltd (NPG),” the statement said.
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