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

Since early 2011, millions of Somalis have been affected by a food crisis caused by the impacts of severe drought, high food prices and a limited humanitarian response. In July 2011 the United Nations declared famine in two regions of southern Somalia, while all other regions in the south were classified as at Emergency level. At the height of the crisis, six areas faced famine conditions and a total of four million people were affected, three million of which were in the south. One year later, despite improvements as a result of humanitarian interventions and an exceptional Deyr harvest in January 2012, the humanitarian situation remains critical. As of August 2012, two million people were still classified as at Crisis and Emergency levels of food insecurity throughout the country.

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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

Catholic Relief Services had a program in Somalia in the early 1980s for a period of about 3 years and before that we had a program for a period in the 1960s. CRS had an office in Somalia in the 1990s but had to close due to the ongoing insecurity. CRS has continued to support several local agencies including Caritas Somalia and SOS Children's Village to provide health, nutrition and food security services since the 1990s. CRS scaled up our operation in July 2011 when famine was declared in Somalia by the United Nations and the international community labeled Somalia the "worst humanitarian disaster" in world.

Partners

Save Somali Women and Children
SOS Children's Villages
Sean Devereux Human Right Organization

Programs

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