Somalia

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The United Nations has declared famine in parts of South Sudan, and has also announced that Yemen, Somalia, and parts of Nigeria are on the brink of famine. Your help is urgently needed to respond to these crises and others around the world.

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  • Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

The context

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.

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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.

Our work

  • 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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