Working with GBV Survivors; Health Workers' Testimonials PDF Print

Mogadishu - The Communities Care project works to provide care to survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Boondheere and Yaaqshiid districts of Mogadishu.  The delivery of services to those who need it is made possible by a team of dedicated health workers.  They operate under challenging security environment and it is for that reason that pseudonyms are used as they tell us about their work.

Aamina, Case Manager for 3 years Yaaqshiid:
“Working is a learning process, I am a learner, and in my view I am growing in my role as a Case Manager. The trainings we received have helped me improve my skills, now I am able to manage GBV cases from an enlightened position.”

Sacdiyo, Case Manager for 2 years Boondheere:
“I enjoy helping the vulnerable communities, I feel it’s my responsibility therefore I am committed to work with the community. I love and enjoy doing it.”


Samin, Community Health Worker Boondheere:
“We operate in a restricting environment and things are always changing; the trainings and refresher courses provided by CISP helps us stay ahead of the curve.”  Being a community health worker in Boondheere I work with survivors and I assist them seek treatment at the Health Centres. “I usually visit GBV survivors in their homes, in the camps I try to make them feel like I am their sister, I am here to help, so there are times I help them fetch water from the community well.  You do what you can to assist.”

Duniyo, Community Health Worker Yaaqshiid:

“The trainings teach us professionalism in our work; we can now guarantee confidentiality to the survivors.”

Amran, Nurse Yaaqshiid:
“Communities members are usually very happy to receive free service and treatment in the clinics; they also get awareness on GVB issues and the lucky ones are selected to receive vocational trainings through the project.”


Shukri, Nurse Boondheere:
“The trainings have informed and changed my beliefs about GBV. Before these trainings I had no idea about the different forms of GBV other than rape, but now I believe that all types happen in the community and I am better equipped to help survivors.”

Hawo, Community Case Worker Yaaqshiid:
“I mainly work with IDPs and host community but mostly the IDPs; I refer the women and children to the MCH for further assessment. I particularly like to help the physically challenged children and women as they are the most vulnerable people in community”

Malyun, Community Case Worker Boondheere:
“I used to think that GVB is a normal thing, but now with the knowledge that I have my thinking has changed.  I won’t allow any person to be abused in the community I work for.”

Hamdi, Counsellor Yaaqshiid:
“My role is to lend a listening ear to the survivors, so I give them a space conducive for them to express themselves. The survivor is just like my brother or sister. What I learn from counselling is far beyond my expectations. It has given me confidence, changed my view of myself and this is important when you are working with people. My self-esteem was very low; I had a great deal of doubt about my abilities and intelligence. The counselling practise changed all that! It's a really rewarding job. When I see a survivor’s eyes light up with understanding, I get a great feeling.”

Asho, Community Case Worker Boondheere:
“I believe people are smart, insightful and deserving of respect and my work should reflect that. I support the vulnerable people those who are traumatised by GBV. Part of my work is to provide counselling services to the individuals and couples in a safe environment designed to respect the survivor.”


By Salad Ghedi, Accountability and Communication Officer, Mogadishu.




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