People Helped in 2016: 283,729
Gripped by recurring droughts, chronic food shortages, and over 20 years of nearly incessant conflict, Somalia is one of the most challenging environments in the world for humanitarian operations. The regional drought of late 2011 and early 2012 affected Somalia more than any other nation across eastern Africa, displacing millions and subjecting tens of thousands to famine in the hardest-hit regions. Ultimately, some two million people remain in crisis, with conflict and insecurity continuing to contribute to poor household food consumption and high malnutrition rates.
Somalia has been even further destabilized over the past few years as political tensions mount and security conditions deteriorate. Emergency humanitarian assistance is still critical in many parts of the country, despite the fact that a number of regions are now now under the control of Islamist militants, complicating the delivery of humanitarian assistance to populations in need.
Action Against Hunger has worked with vulnerable communities in Somalia for over 20 years, and was one of the only organizations working in the hard-hit Bakool and Benadir regions.
3 million people, one quarter of Somalia’s population, are experiencing acute food shortages at crisis or emergency levels.
363,000 children are malnourished.
6.2 million people urgently need humanitarian assistance.
Somalia is in a state of pre-famine. The country is experiencing both severe drought and violent conflict from armed groups, both of which are driving a widespread, dangerous food crisis. In 2011, when famine was officially declared under similar conditions, the world was too slow to respond and an estimated 250,000 people died.
Rains have failed season after season, and crops have died, as well as livestock. Communities dependent on farming and livestock have been left with no food and no income. Rising prices for food and other essentials continue to impoverish families and jeopardize their ability to meet their daily survival needs.
Action Against Hunger has been present in Somalia since 1992 and our teams are working in Puntland and in the capital of Mogadishu as well as in South Central Somalia, specifically the regions of Bakool, Nugaal, Benadir and Lower Shabelle. In 2016, we helped over 283,729 people across Somalia.
Our top priorities for our emergency response to the crippling 2017 drought are to provide lifesaving treatment for severely malnourished children and to protect the health of vulnerable pregnant women and nursing mothers. As of May 2017, we are:
- Targeting 49,000 children under five, as well as pregnant women and nursing mothers, with emergency health screening and lifesaving treatment for severe malnutrition.
- Delivering emergency food assistance (through monthly cash transfers) to 72,000 people devastated by drought and conflict
- Providing daily supplies of safe water to 55,000 people
- Responding to the cholera outbreak with prevention and treatment services, targeting 40,000 people
We aim to scale up our response to reach more areas and meet the urgent needs of vulnerable populations closer to their homes. We are ready to assist more than 200,000 people in the coming weeks. In some areas within Somalia, Action Against Hunger is the only organization providing assistance to communities.