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  • Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

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Despite the country’s notorious instability, the northern parts of Somalia are relatively calm and functioning. Still, more than two decades of civil strife and extremism have resulted in a long-lasting class of displaced people dependent on government and humanitarian interventions. The worst drought in 60 years fueled a desperate food crisis throughout the Horn of Africa and created even more urgent needs in and around Mogadishu's displacement camps.

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Respond to emergency needs rising from the Horn of Africa hunger crisis, while continuing work to build more peaceful, productive communities in Puntland, Somaliland and the Central region.

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Latitude: 5.35
Longitude: 46.93

Program Details

  • Emergency response: Providing food and clean water to families displaced by famine
  • Conflict & Governance: Forming peace committees to help communities resolve clan disputes and provide mediation services
  • Environment: Engaging local groups in environmental initiatives such as rehabilitating garbage pits, planting tree nurseries and launching a “reduce, reuse and recycle” campaign to promote climate-friendly economic development
  • Children & Youth: Increase education, economic and civic participation opportunities for Somali youth to reduce instability

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  • Population (2014 est.): 10.4 million
  • UN Human Development Index rank: N/A
  • Mercy Corps has worked here since 2005

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