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.
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.
- 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
All stories about Somalia
Somalia: Fighting for survival October 7, 2010
In my daily field supervision of program activities, I encounter different scenarios about the people we support. Some are strong and challenging, while others are somewhat weakened by life's difficulties.
Somalia: My introduction September 2, 2010
Life was fair enough when I got a job as soon as I finished school. It was my first time in the world of non-governmental organizations and there was a lot to expect in such a challenging environment.
Somalia: Water flows again for a Somaliland community October 21, 2009
Somalia: Fixing Somalia's schools September 4, 2009
With a current population of 1,140 pupils and 11 classrooms — with virtually no land for expansion — Biyo Dhacay Primary School has labored under appalling infrastructure and facilities.
Somalia: There's more to Somalia than piracy April 17, 2009
You've probably been following the recent news about pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia.
Somalia: Wellspring of Progress April 14, 2009
For the past seven years, Farhiyo Hussein, a 30-year-old mother of five, has lived in a camp in northern Somalia's Bossaso region. Like many IDP camps, hers lacked access to safe drinking water.
Somalia: Building Safe Water Facilities March 4, 2009
Ask a community in crisis what it needs to rebuild, and clean water will be at the top of the list. Safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene are the very foundations of human health and community development. Mercy Corps emphasizes all three in our relief and recovery initiatives.
Somalia: Helping Somalis Endure Hardship May 22, 2008
As Somalia slides closer to famine, Mercy Corps continues to drill boreholes, build schools and offer short-term jobs in an area where few global relief agencies will tread.
Somalia: Helping a Failed State Succeed January 23, 2008
Somalia: Q&A with Abdikadir Mohamed January 22, 2008
Abdikadir Mohamed has served as Mercy Corps' top representative in Somalia since June 2006. The 33-year-old Kenya native is an ethnic Somali who's worked in the country before, as a researcher for a health nonprofit in 2003 and 2004.