Mercy Corps has worked in Somalia since 2005. Despite Somalia’s reputation of 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 group of people who have been displaced from their homes for years and are dependent on government and humanitarian interventions.
Somalia is now at the risk of famine. The number of people in need of assistance has increased from 5 million in September 2015 to over 6.2 million in February 2017 — more than half of the country’s population. Drought, flooding and ongoing conflict threaten the food security of people who are already living in a precarious economic situation. If drought conditions worse, hundreds of thousands of children will be at risk of starvation.
While some people are now choosing to return to their homes after years of displacement, they still face challenges. Poor weather conditions and other stresses threaten the stability of entire communities, and continue to make families vulnerable to food insecurity and loss of livelihoods.
- Emergency response: Distributing food and clean water to displaced and returnee families.
- Conflict & Governance: Providing technical assistance to help build local governments' capacity and accountability.
- Economic opportunity: Providing training, cash assistance and livelihood support to restore incomes and strengthen local economy.
- Children & Youth: Increasing education, economic and civic participation opportunities for youth to reduce instability.
- Women & Gender: Promoting equitable opportunities and garnering community support for girls and women to attend school.
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Somalia: Somalia on the brink
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Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen: Famine and food insecurity: What's at stake
Our Q&A with Food Security Advisor Kate McMahon discusses what famine means, how it's impacting areas of Africa and the Middle East, and why it's critical that we meet urgent needs to prevent even greater suffering.
Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen: Investing in an ounce of prevention
Humanitarian aid from the United States provides lifesaving assistance to millions of people in need around the world, yet it is in danger of dramatic cuts. Sign our petition to tell Congress to stand up for the world's most vulnerable people.
Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen: Tell Congress: Reject extreme cuts to humanitarian aid
Humanitarian aid from the United States provides lifesaving assistant to tens of millions of people in need around the world, yet it is in danger of dramatic cuts. Sign this petition to tell Congress to stand up for the world's most vulnerable people.
Somalia: Breaking the cycle of violence for Somalia’s youth
How do we make Somali youth less likely to engage in violence? A new Mercy Corps report says that education isn’t enough — they need engagement, too.
Somalia: How restoring a school is reviving hope in Somalia
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Many refugees of the Somali civil war never thought they’d be able to return. Follow one man’s journey and learn how we’re helping Somali refugees in Kenya find their way back home.
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Vice News and CNN report on our new study offering insights and recommendations to keep an overlooked generation of young people from radical extremism.
Afghanistan, Colombia, Somalia: Report: What drives youth to violence?
Getting youth development right has never been more pressing. But what underlying grievances must the global community address in order to keep this overlooked generation from violence? Our research in Afghanistan, Colombia and Somalia provides new insights and recommendations.