Somalia: Fears of food and water shortages as floods inundate farms and contaminate water sources
Doolow, Gedo region, Somalia: Daily heavy rains in parts of Somalia have resulted in severe flooding. The rains are mostly intense in southern Somalia. In Doolow district, in the Gedo region for example, heavy rains both in Somalia and Ethiopia have caused water levels in two rivers: Juba and Dawa to rise, causing massive over flooding on land. People’s homes are inundated, farmlands submerged and crops destroyed.
After a historic drought, Somalia now braces for El Niño rains: At least a million people at high risk of flooding
After a brutal and historic drought in 2022, Somalia now braces for the El Niño rains. On Thursday of last week, Baidoa, the capital city of South West State, south central Somalia was the epicentre of heavy rains that lasted at least 12 hours. The rains that started the evening of Wednesday continued through the night into Thursday morning, causing flash floods in the aftermath, with significant damage to infrastructure.
Isaack and millions of children across Somalia have dreams…but who will bear the cost?
Isaack, a 12-year-old boy, lives in a settlement camp, located in Baidoa, south central of Somalia, with his mother. They fled here to escape the adverse effects of drought and conflict, ravaging parts of the country. Isaack spends the majority of his days at a nearby Child Friendly Space (CFS) centre. This centre provides him with various educational and recreational activities, such as arts, reading, numeracy, and interactive play with other children. He has made quite a number of friends here.
Somalia braces for a sixth season of poor rains, risk of famine; amidst fears of reduction in funding
At least 6.5 million people across Somalia will face extreme hunger and malnutrition beginning April to June, due to the impacts of: five consecutive seasons of poor rains, a possible sixth season of below average to poor rains, high food prices plus persistent insecurity.
In Somaliland, meet community members leading the fight against FGM
Fighting the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) requires a coming together of efforts. In Somaliland, a few individuals have given of their time and effort to advocate against the harmful practice, strongly convicted that it holds no place in society. But, their advocacy efforts alone will not be enough to defeat this old and deeply-rooted practice among the Somali community, they argue. Concerted efforts from all key duty bearers is critical including legal enforcement.
From Severe Acute Malnutrition to a steady recovery: Hamdi’s journey
Somalia is facing its worst drought in 40 years following a record fifth failed rainfall season, continued rise in food prices and conflict, which has left more than 7 million people- more than half of the country’s suffering from widespread hunger with a worrying number living on the verge of starvation. A famine could occur in parts of the country, where some 300,000 people are reported to be already living in famine-like conditions.
Drought and high food prices create a perfect storm in southern Somalia
In southern Somalia, across Baidoa and Dollow a combination of drought and high food prices are creating a perfect storm. As of 30 June, the severe drought has affected more than 7 million people, an increase from 6.1 million in May, with over 800,000 people internally displaced. The majority have moved from drought-stricken rural areas to urban places and are living in makeshift settlements for the displaced, to seek assistance. The scale of need is far outstripping the current assistance being provided, driven by daily new arrivals into makeshift settlements for displaced families.
Making the invisible visible in drought conditions
Follow our National Director Simon Nyabwengi to the Jubba River, one of the two permanent rivers in southern Somalia. In normal times, it is a huge, roaring water body that can only be crossed using traditional canoes. But with severe drought, it has shrunk to an eighth of its size, gradually becoming invisible.
But even having shrunk, it is still sustaining life on its banks and beyond. What makes this possible?
NGOs call upon donors to urgently fund Somalia drought crisis
World Vision, together with fellow non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the Somali NGO Consortium, is deeply concerned for the lives of millions of Somalis facing a severe food crisis and are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
More than 7.7 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, and current Somalia humanitarian appeal is underfunded by a staggering 98%.
World Vision has been operational in Somalia since 1993, responding to the over three decades-long protracted humanitarian crisis, working with communities to overcome conflict and climate-induced challenges, strengthen resilience, improve people’s livelihoods as well as address development challenges. We do this by implementing community-based and multi-sectoral emergency and resilience-focused programmes across different parts of Somalia. Our programmes are especially focused on food security and livelihoods, water and sanitation, health and nutrition, protection and education.
By 2025, World Vision plans to protect and improve the wellbeing of 2 million children by building the resilience of their families and communities. Working hand-in-hand with local partners and government, we seek to achieve this goal through multi-sectoral and sequenced programming that addresses the root causes of vulnerability at households, communities, and institutional levels.
In the last strategic cycle (2016-2020), World Vision reached 2 million people directly, of which nearly half were children.
Somalia Drought Situation
April 2022- The effects of climate change have been brutal on Somalia, where drought cycles have become more frequent and severe. Somalia and Somaliland yet again are staring at a potential of another season of failed rains and if this happens, it will be the fourth consecutive season of poor rains.
Somalia's Drought Worsens, increasing the risk of famine
As of 30 June, the severe drought has affected more than 7 million people, an increase from 6.1 million in May, with over 800,000 people internally displaced. The majority have moved from drought-stricken rural areas to urban places and are living in makeshift settlements for the displaced, to seek assistance. The scale of need is far outstripping the current assistance being provided, driven by daily new arrivals into makeshift settlements for displaced families.
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Somaliland Nutrition Project
Filsan, 10, smiles widely but her story is far from happy. She Lost her family in the severe 2-year drought in Somalia. They were forced to give up their agricultural way of life and moved to an informal settlement on the outskirts of Hargeisa. Her family lives with relatives there and rely on handouts from family members to survive.
TB Control saving lives
Muha, 7, came to the World Vision-operated TB clinic for screening after having a persistent cough for a month. Her mother knew Tuberculosis was a possibility after all her husband was recently diagnosed with the sickness. Thankfully after several tests, Muha received the good news that she did not have Tuberculosis and that she would be able to go home and continue healing there.
Desert Locust Response
See how World Vision Somali Programme is responding to desert locust. The programme appeals for more funds to successful eliminate the desert locust in its area of operation
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Hunger’s a complex issue, not a hopeless one.
Hamdi Yarrow Mustaf, 7 months old was brought in to a World Vision nutrition clinic in Baidoa in South West State and upon screening found to be severely malnourished, weighing only 4 kilograms at the time.