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.
Fighting hunger and assisting refugees in Somalia
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, the epicenter of the recent famine and humanitarian catastrophe. Our teams now provide assistance in and around Mogadishu while providing running programs in the major refugee camps along the Ethiopian and Kenyan borders, where thousands of Somalis have relocated.