Somalia – Active Emergency Zone

IMPORTANT NOTE

Please note: Donations made toward IRUSA’s Somalia fund may be used to support important emergency or long-term work across the country, or for Somali refugees in other countries.

ACTIVE EMERGENCY IN SOMALIA

More than 600,000 people have been affected by continuous heavy rain and devastating flash floods in the Hirshebelle, Galmudug, Jubaland, South West State, and Banadir regions in Somalia. Families have almost nowhere to turn.

A combination of constant rains and repeated floods have displaced over 200,000 people. The brutal flooding has made way over vast areas within days leaving homes in ruin. Today, hundreds of thousands of families are fleeing to neighboring towns and villages without any certainty they will be safe. Without water, food, and other basic survival necessities their time is running out.

Islamic Relief local offices have already mobilized, but they need support: We all have to work together. Urgent needs on the ground are food, water, shelter, mosquito netting, and mobile health assistance. When the floods eventually subside, communities will need help rebuilding. Today, they need emergency aid.

Background

Living in a state of ongoing civil unrest, communities in Somalia have had little chance to build institutions and improve living conditions. Human development indicators are low: Life expectancy is 55 years, one-third of children are underweight, and 42% are stunted. One in seven children will die before age 5.

With living conditions already poor and fragile, residents are especially vulnerable to crises such as the severe drought and famine of 2011. Four million people experienced extreme food insecurity during that crisis. Subsequent years have seen steady improvement, due in part to adequate rainfall, lower food costs and humanitarian aid. Still, however, many Somalis continue to live in an emergency situation, and 2 million people struggle to meet their minimum daily needs. Further stress could easily push them back into a food insecurity crisis … like now, with the severe effects of climate change: Learn about IRUSA’s climate crisis aid work for Somalia and other countries throughout eastern Africa.

Islamic Relief has carried out seasonal food distribution campaigns since 1996. Islamic Relief Somalia opened in 2006 to implement and oversee programs that would alleviate suffering due to continued violence, and that would help internally displaced populations.

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