Years of conflict and instability mean that millions of people across Somalia face an uncertain future. Out of a population of over 14 million, around 6.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
People and communities across Somalia share the same hopes and dreams as us yet many face life threatening challenges: poor access to safe drinking water, education and sanitation.
Community livelihoods depend on agriculture but climate change has meant unreliable rainfall and resulting drought. With a lack of water for animals, many families lose their livelihoods and are left increasingly food insecure as livestock perish. Families have little choice but to consume unsafe, unsanitary water, leading to the spread of waterborne diseases such as cholera and acute watery diarrhoea.
For people across Somalia, life is incredibly challenging:
- 1 in 10 babies die before they reach their 5th birthday (World Bank, 2016)
- Life expectancy is just 56 years old (World Bank, 2015)
- 2 million people do not have regular access to food (UN World Food Programme, 2017)
- 388,00 children under the age of 5 are acutely malnourished (UN World Food Programme, 2017)
Islamic Relief in Somalia
Islamic Relief has been working in Somalia since 1996. Food distributions have been taking place since we began working in Somalia and over 750,000 people have benefited from these food distributions so far.
Only 2 % of Somalia’s land is suitable for arable farming and regular droughts cause regular water crises. Droughts, food scarcity and impoverishment has pushed the country into the further difficulties. Very few people have access to safe drinking water or proper sanitation and the rate of infant mortality is one of the highest in the world.
We are also working to provide clean, easily accessible water, access to healthcare services as well as education. Emergency programmes have also helped displaced people in the Bari, Nugaal and Mudug regions of the Puntland. It is a testament to our hard work that UNICEF and the World Food Programme have expressed a readiness to work in partnership with us in Somalia.
We are working on the ground and our programmes cover education, health, water and sanitation, livelihoods, and child welfare with a focus on orphans.