PSYOP SUPPORT OF
OPERATION RESTORE HOPE
HUMANITARIAN RELIEF PROGRAMS

"UNITAF's mission is to provide a secure
environment for humanitarian relief efforts throughout Somalia.
Initial emphasis was on securing key cities;
now the focus is on expanding the
security to smaller towns and villages.
As they are secured, relief agencies are
beginning to distribute dry food, seeds and
farm utensils to help displaced families
return to their farms, rebuild
their homes and plant their fields.
Now it is harvest time for many crops.
Preparations need to be made
for the next planting"

PSYOP supported several operations conducted by Non-Governmental Organizations or NGOs. A major problem facing Somalia is the large number of displaced persons and refugees who were forced to leave their homes during the civil war. With no reliable source of food or medical care, these groups have ben totally dependent on relief provided by the NGOs. The "Pastoral Scene" leaflet above supported programs to encourage displaced persons and refugees to move back to their homes - when it was safe to do so - in order to harvest crops and beginplanting for the next growing season. The goal of this leaflet and of this leaflet and of articles written for the RAJO newspaper describing specific NGO resettlement programs, was to help break the cycle of dependency and encourage self sufficiency.

The leaflet below supported another NGO program in the Baidoa area which informed residents of a plan to exhume bodies buried along the primary source of drinking water.

"Moving the bodies of these deceased Somalis
while respecting Somali religious traditions
is a necessity to help make the water ."

"Over the past several years, the civil war and factional fighting combined with banditry and looting caused many Somalis to die from starvation all over Somalia. In the SHIIKH ASHAROW ravine area, many of those who died were buriednear the bank of the ravine. This has the potential to pose a very hazardous health risk to those who use the ravines water for drinking and washing. Under the strict guidelines set by your elders, the buried will be moved with proper religious respect and traditions to another location. The Somali people themselves will work on this task and hopefully be able to remove all the bodies before the rainy season washes them into the water system. This operation will prevent disease from spreading and will be supported by relief agencies. Until the bodies have been removed from the bank near the ravine, and the water is safe to drink, do not drink water from the ravine or other surface water; only drink water from wells; clean all water containers before using wells. To prevent diseases, boil water for 5 - 10 minutes before using."