Somalia

A makeshift camp in Mogadishu has become a temporary home to countless people who have fled violence and drought. Photo by Neal Deles/CRS

A makeshift camp in Mogadishu has become a temporary home to countless people who have fled violence and drought. Photo by Neal Deles/CRS

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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Stats

Population:10,251,568 (July 2013 est.)
Size:246,201 sq mi; slightly smaller than Texas
People Served:401,937 (2013 est.)

History

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.

Partners

Save Somali Women and Children
SOS Children's Villages
Social-Life and Agricultural Development Organization (SADO)

Programs

Disaster Response


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