“I have always felt capable and comfortable to represent my people and they always look up to me as their daughter and sister who can speak on their behalf.”
Ugbad Abdi Dirie is 21, she lives in the village of Wabaado, in the Daroor District, in Ethiopia. Brought up in a pastoralist family which keeps camels and sheep, she has always demonstrated leadership in her village and was selected to represent them during a training on animal health, supported by Oxfam. During the training, a cross-border in Somaliland (Somalia/Ethiopia), Ugbad and the other participants from neighboring villages received information on animal diseases, their symptoms and were given animal health tool kits.
“The livestock that used to die easily in our village are not doing so anymore. I provide animal health services including first aid and free vaccinations. This has greatly reduced disease outbreaks. My health services to my people are free of charge and I voluntarily work with them to save animals from diseases of all kinds.”
Khadan Mohamed, a mother of three in Waabaado, talks about Ugbad, saying “She is our leader in animal health. I have got a number of livestock which always need her generous services. I am particularly thankful to Ugbad who always takes care of my animals.”
Ugbad believes that knowledge is something we all need. She has learned a lot and would like to double her efforts.“I urge my community to work closely with me on animal health and inform me about any cases of disease outbreaks.”
Photo: Abdikadir Askar/Oxfam
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