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. Some 2.7 million people are unable to meet their daily food needs and need urgent assistance. An estimated 1.2 million children are or will be malnourished by the end of the year — including 301,000 who are already acutely malnourished. 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.
Somalia: Youth voices in a troubled land
In the northern Somalia semi-desert regions of Somaliland and Puntland, clans fight fiercely over dwindling supplies of wood, water and grazing land. The fewer the resources, the greater the competition. It’s an age-old conflict that jeopardizes the country’s future, especially its youth.
Somalia: Healing the wounds of natural resource conflict in Somalia
It was one of my toughest decisions ever to join Mercy Corps in Somaliland as the Project Officer for the People-to-People Environmental Peacebuilding Program. My main motivation was twofold, to join as a humanitarian and for personal career development.
Somalia: Broader perspective from a bigger team
Joint monitoring trips are the most exciting visits, in my opinion, to go and see Mercy Corps' program activities.
Somalia: More reliable water for less
Somalia: A lot has changed
It was a long journey full of rough terrains and sleepless nights while we were assessing the areas that have been hit by droughts in the Bari Region of Puntland, Somalia. Farmers and pastoralists lost most of their assets and suffered from lack of water.
Somalia: Logistics report from a Somalian road
Somalia: Stitching together her place in the market
It was midday and the weather wasn’t favorable. The heat was scorching and everyone wanted to be in the shade.
Somalia: Encouraging local culture through peaceful change
Somalia: On TV, in Somalia
One night in mid-December, a colleague called me giggling hysterically: “I saw you on TV … next to the Vice President!” When I put the phone down, it started vibrating with text messages.
Somalia: Fighting for survival
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.