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24 Mar 2017 description


• Depletion of water sources and lack of sanitation facilities have led to a sharp increase in cases of AWD/cholera in 12 of 18 regions, in particular in Bay and Bakool regions. Case fatality rates at 2.3 per cent are of serious concern.

22 Mar 2017 description

See photos by Giles Clarke for Getty/OCHA

The humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating in Somalia, where two consecutive seasons of poor rainfall have led to massive drought. Hundreds of thousands of people have been uprooted from their homes, walking long distances to find food, water and other essentials. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that Somalia is at risk of famine, putting millions of lives at stake.

09 Mar 2017 description

Mogadishu, 7 March 2017 – The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, urged the world to rally behind the people of Somalia to avert a repeat of the famine that resulted in the loss of a quarter of a million lives six years ago. He made the call during a two-day visit to Somalia to assess the impact of the severe drought, which has led to a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation.

07 Mar 2017 description


  • Somalia declares drought a national disaster
  • Partners scale up response to avert a famine
  • Funding contributions and commitments boost drought response
  • Access challenges hamper effective reasons

Somalia declares drought a national disaster

20 Feb 2017 description

Mogadishu, 20 February 2017 — In view of the serious humanitarian situation, and the risk of a famine unfolding in Somalia, humanitarian partners are scaling up assistance and protection and have issued an Operational Plan for Famine Prevention to immediately scale up humanitarian response to save lives and protect livelihoods. The plan reflects a significant shift from the drought response, which has been ongoing since late 2015, to scaled-up famine prevention.

03 Feb 2017 description


  • Possible famine in 2017

  • Access and bureaucratic impediments persisted in 2016.

  • $32 million from pooled funds boosts drought response.

Possible famine in 2017

02 Feb 2017 description

Mogadishu, 2 February 2017 — The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, warned today that unless a massive and urgent scale up of humanitarian assistance takes place in the coming weeks, famine could soon be a reality in some of the worst drought-affected areas in Somalia. During the launch of the latest food security and nutrition data in Mogadishu, he called for urgent efforts to avert famine.

28 Jan 2017 description

Britain’s Secretary of State for International Development, the Rt Hon Priti Patel travelled to Mogadishu on 28 January 2017 where she re-affirmed the importance of the UK’s partnership with Somalia.

18 Jan 2017 description

CERF funds help International Organization for Migration (IOM) to provide emergency primary healthcare in Puntland and Somaliland.

17 Jan 2017 description

Mogadishu, 17 January, 2017 —The humanitarian community in Somalia is seeking US$864 million to reach 3.9 million people with urgent life-saving humanitarian assistance. The Humanitarian Response Plan for Somalia for 2017 plan was launched today in Mogadishu with calls to the international community for timely support to help bolster humanitarian operations and meet urgent humanitarian needs. “The humanitarian situation remains grim for millions of Somalis.

01 Jan 2017 description


  • Drought expanding.

  • AWD/cholera outbreak amid water shortages.

  • Access and bureaucratic impediments persisted in 2016.

  • US $3.2 million from SHF to boost drought response.


# of people in humanitarian emergency and crisis - 1m

# of people in food security stress - 3.9m

# of acutely malnourished children under age 5 - 308,000

# of internally displaced people - 1.1m

21 Dec 2016 description

Mogadishu, 21 December 2016 – A new contribution of US$2.2 million from the Government of Sweden to the Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) has immediately been allocated by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Peter de Clercq, to support humanitarian response to drought affected families. “Sweden’s timely contribution to the Somalia Humanitarian Fund is greatly appreciated as it will help us boost response at a critical time to assist the most vulnerable communities affected by the prolonged drought conditions,” said Mr. de Clercq.

14 Dec 2016 description

• In 2016, the Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) continued to be a crucial tool for timely, coordinated and effective humanitarian response to the most urgent needs in Somalia.

• By the end of November 2016, some US$25 million had been channeled to support critical humanitarian response through 35 humanitarian partners for 94 projects across the country.

• SHF allocations were closely aligned with the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to ensure complementarity and effective use of the limited resources.

02 Dec 2016 description

Nairobi, 2 December 2016 — The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, today made an urgent appeal for humanitarian assistance amid worsening drought conditions that have left hundreds of thousands of Somalis facing severe food and water shortages. He made the call during a briefing with the international community in Nairobi, highlighting the urgency of responding to the drought situation in Somalia. “Drought in Puntland and Somaliland has deepened and spread to southern and central regions of the country as well.

28 Nov 2016 description


  • Drought conditions worsen across the country

  • Conflict displaces thousands of people

  • Kenya extends Dadaab refugee camp closure

  • Partners scale down due to lack of funding

Drought worsens humanitarian situation

Authorities appeal for humanitarian assistance for worst affected areas Drought conditions continue to worsen in Somalia.

07 Nov 2016 description

Situation overview

Fighting in Lower Shabelle region continues to cause suffering for civilians. On 17 and 18 October, fighting between non-state armed actors and state-armed actors in Afgooye and Muuri caused civilian deaths, displacement and destruction of civilian and community property. While fighting in Lower Shabelle has largely been between parties to the conflict, there is a worrying shift with non-state armed actors now directly targeting civilians.

04 Nov 2016 description


  • Drought conditions persist in Somaliland, Puntland and parts of southern and central Somalia

  • High malnutrition levels in drought-affected areas

  • Humanitarian funding overview


# of people in humanitarian emergency and crisis 1.1m

# of people in food security stress 3.9m

# of acutely malnourished children under age 5 300,000
Source: FSNAU September 2016

# of internally displaced people 1.1m