Decades of conflict and instability has inevitably led to widespread poverty along with large numbers of displaced people and refugees.
51% of the population lives beneath the poverty line. This combined with the devastating effects of food shortages and drought has led to high levels of malnutrition amongst the general populace, especially amongst children.
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.