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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 3.1 million people are unable to meet their daily food needs and need urgent assistance. An estimated 1.4 million children are or will be acutely malnourished — including 275,000 who already are or will be severely 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.
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Somalia: Q&A with Abdikadir Mohamed
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.
Somalia: The Ladies of Mercy Corps Somalia
I assumed Somali women would be quiet and shy — a little tough to engage in an interview.
Somalia: Helping Somalia's Marginalized Minority
Borini, Somalia — Even by Somali standards, the local Bantus have it tough.
Somalia: Shoring Up Riverbanks - and Confidence
Bandarjadid, Somalia — Driving off-road toward this riverside village, there are hints of its past glory: the rusted remains of a tractor, a long-abandoned granary.