The 2011 drought and subsequent famine, compounded with political instability, clan fighting and a recent military offensive, have had a crippling effect on the Somali humanitarian situation. According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Somalia Humanitarian Snapshot March 2014, 2.9 million Somalis require immediate life-saving and livelihoods support, 1 million Somalis currently live as refugees in neighboring countries in the Horn of Africa and Yemen and an additional 1 million Somalis are internally displaced. IDPs live in dire circumstances with limited or no access to water, sanitation and health facilities; lack basic household items; and are at increased risk of human rights violations, particularly sexual and gender based violence. Despite ongoing insecurity with Somalia, neighboring governments are pushing for Somali refugees to return to their country of origin which will dramatically increase the numbers of IDPs.
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|Population:||10,251,568 (July 2013 est.)|
|Size:||246,201 sq mi; slightly smaller than Texas|
|People Served:||401,937 (2013 est.)|
CRS has provided critical development and humanitarian support in Somalia since the 1960s. Today, CRS continues to respond to the urgent needs of the Somali people through meeting their immediate needs (food and water); providing essential services (health, nutrition and protection); creating and rehabilitating critical infrastructure (latrines and wells); and restoring productive assets and purchasing power (via vouchers) to build their resilience and promote long-term, sustainable solutions. CRS implements its programs through 5 local partners working in several areas of south-central Somalia.
PartnersSave Somali Women and Children
SOS Children's Villages
Social-Life and Agricultural Development Organization (SADO)