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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.
Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan: Horror in the Horn of Africa: reflections and projections
I first encountered extreme poverty and hunger in 1972 when I drove through Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia on a church mission trip. It struck me in the heart and I felt helpless.
Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya: Situation worsens in the Horn of Africa, our response increases
Today, the United Nations officially declared a famine in parts of Somalia. What does this alarming news mean? Technically, it refers to conditions that include 30 percent acute malnutrition among the population of a specific place.
Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia: Not just hunger, but fear
Nearly everyone in the world experiences hunger at some point during their day. That said, it's different for all of us.
Somalia: Will the U.S. stand by as famine looms in Somalia?
"The drought has gotten so bad that we have seen camels dying of thirst," recounted a Mercy Corps colleague during my recent visit to Somalia.
Somalia: Reports of people moving north to find food as Somalia's drought conditions worsen
People affected by drought, conflict and limited access to humanitarian aid in Bay, Bakool, Lower and Middle Shabelle, Lower and Middle Juba, and Gedo regions of southern Somalia are fleeing north to find food and a better life.
Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya: Food crisis hits Horn of Africa
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