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Dry savannah and the longest coastline in Africa are the backdrop for over fifteen years of civil war in Somalia. Conflict and instability spread poverty and large numbers of refugees and displaced people. 43% survive on less than $1 a day and 73% live on less than $2 – food shortages contribute to high rates of malnutrition. Only 2% of the land is suitable for arable farming and drought worsens the water crisis.

Conflict and insecurity in Somalia have displaced thousands, while a four-year long drought led to a humanitarian crisis. Poverty levels are high in the region and very few people have access to safe drinking water or proper sanitation. Illiteracy and infant mortality rates have increased in Somalia.

Islamic Relief has been carrying out seasonal food distribution campaigns since 1996. Over 750,000 people have benefited from these food distributions so far. We are also working in the sectors of water, sanitation, health, education and capacity building. Emergency programmes have also helped displaced people in the Bari, Nugaal and Mudug regions of the Puntland.

Senior government officials and local aid agencies have welcomed our work. UNICEF and the World Food Programme have expressed a readiness to work in partnership with us in Somalia. There has been no central government since 1991 and competing warlords have ruled the country.

Following the drought in 2011, Islamic Relief implemented a $44 million emergency relief programme to reach 1 million people with food assistance and 400,000 people with clean drinking water, across the region. Additionally, over 10 tonnes of medication was distributed to various hospitals and health centres.

  • Qurbani meat distribution
  • Ramadan food package distribution
  • Orphan one-to-one sponsorship
  • Livelihood Rehabilitation for South Central Somalia
    • Enhanced resilience to shocks for the pastoral households through agriculture improvement, fishing and rehabilitation of ground water structures that enhance water
    • harvesting and improve water availability
  • Emergency Food Assistance
    • Provided 5755 households with food commodities in the drought affected communities Hiran region of south central Somalia
  • Emergency Food Assistance
    • Improved health and community livelihood by the reduction of food insecurity which benefited a total of 6,300 families