Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Mekunu - May 2018
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Somalia: Flash Floods - Apr 2018
- Somalia: Measles Outbreak - Dec 2016
- Somalia: Floods - May 2016
- Somalia: Cholera Outbreak - Apr 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Megh - Nov 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Chapala - Nov 2015
- Somalia: Floods - Oct 2015
- Somalia: Drought - 2015-2018
Most read reports
- Outbreak update – Cholera in Somalia, 6 September 2018
- Somalia: Humanitarian Dashboard - August 2018 (issued on 17 September 2018)
- Somalia cVDPV Outbreak Response Situation Report #4 (31 August 2018)
- IOM CCCM Somalia Movement Trend Tracking: Dolow, 24 - 30 August 2018
- IOM CCCM Somalia Movement Trend Tracking: Baidoa, 24 - 30 August 2018
Cathy Herholdt, World Concern
Emergency Water Trucking and Cash Transfers Being Implemented
March 10, 2017 (SEATTLE) – Seattle-based humanitarian organization World Concern is responding to the worsening drought crisis in Somalia.
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Somalia: eight warnings of catastrophe so far, and still no action
Early warnings need to result in early action in Somalia
Last week marked three years since the UN declared famine in Somalia. The catastrophe facing the Somali people three years ago ended in at least 260,000 people dying, half of them children.
Published May 7, 2014 – by Anne-Marie Schryer-Roy
2.9 million Somalis are in humanitarian crisis
50,000 children are severely malnourished and at death’s door
Women in Somalia face the second highest risk of maternal death in the world and babies are at the highest risk of dying on the day of their birth
1.1 million people are displaced within their own country
Polio has returned, with 193 cases recorded in the last year
Cathy Herholdt, World Concern
Maria Abdi arrived in Dhobley, Somalia, with her five children and nothing but the clothes on their backs. She fled her hometown of Afmadow because there was no work there and the children were hungry. A relative paid her way to travel to Dhobley after Maria pleaded with them, having heard there was assistance here. But there was a charge for luggage and she couldn’t afford it, so she came empty-handed.
“I need everything a human being needs—all the basic necessities,” she said.
World Concern is expanding its drought response in the Horn of Africa into several new communities near the Kenya-Somalia border, reaching a larger number of displaced, hungry families and refugees who often travel through or settle in these towns. We’re providing vouchers for emergency food, supplies and access to water through repaired wells, rehabilitated water pans and construction of rainwater catchment systems in these unreached communities.
February 14, 2012 (DADAAB, Kenya) – Seattle-based humanitarian aid organization World Concern is expanding its reach to help people affected by the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa. Working in strained communities along the Kenya-Somalia border, the organization has been providing access to food, water, emergency supplies and medical care (through partner Medical Teams International), since early August 2011.
People living in Somali coastal communities are facing significant hardship as a result of being caught in the combined grip of drought and conflict, according to a Tearfund partner.
Assessments by World Concern of some communities along Somalia’s coast have revealed that many people are lacking even the most basic services, with food, water, medicines, livelihood support and sanitation urgently needed.
By cathyh on January 27, 2012
This week we received a donation of $60. While that might not seem worthy of its own blog post, it is. Trust me.
The check was sent by Kim Kargbo, the director of Women of Hope International, a fellow Christian nonprofit that helps women with disabilities in Sierra Leone improve their lives. I called Kim to learn why another humanitarian agency would send us a donation instead of putting it toward their own programs.
The story she told me confirmed my belief that anyone, in any circumstances, can be changed by giving.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Derek Sciba, World Concern
December 15, 2011 (DADAAB, KENYA) – A small patch of black hair is growing in on the back of 6-year-old Raha’s head – a sign of health in her frail body. For months, her hair has been turning almost blond and her belly swelled – indications that malnutrition was taking its toll.
What’s changed? Food.
By cathyh on November 17, 2011
I confess I’ve avoided writing about the families in this post for weeks. I doubt I’ll ever get to the point where photos like these don’t disturb me, but I will say there are fewer that shake me up inside – mostly because I know we’re doing something to help.
November 3, 2011 (SEATTLE) – Seattle-based humanitarian aid organization World Concern has reached about 32,000 people with food aid in the war-ravaged Somali border town of Dhobley. Using an innovative voucher system, World Concern has been able to reach displaced families traveling through Dhobley on their way to refugee camps in Kenya, as well as the neediest residents. Dhobley is an area that is difficult to access due toconflict and insecurity.
What’s in the news today? Lindsey Lohan is going to jail and Kim Kardashian is getting divorced. I guess these things are considered news…
Unfortunately, there’s less and less coverage of the ongoing famine crisis in the Horn of Africa. Yet the UN estimates 750,000 lives are at risk, and millions are still hungry. Most of the recent articles seem to focus on the hopelessness of Somalia, where the greatest number of people are suffering.
By cathyh on October 17, 2011
Through our Global Gift Guide, and with the help of our donors, we’ve given goats to needy children and families for years – enabling them to have nutritious milk, and earn an income. But until today, we’ve always been on the giving end of things …
• 20,744 people gain access to clean water
• 20,400 people receive a twoweek supply of food, including rice, beans, oil, salt and sugar
• 14,400 people receive nonfood items, such as blankets, cooking pots, & mosquito nets
*Numbers are current as of Oct. 17, 2011
September 30, 2011 (Dadaab, Kenya) – World Concern is assisting after an al-Shabaab attack on the Somali border town of Dhobley. In the early morning hours of Sept. 30, the terrorist group al-Shabaab attacked the town where World Concern, along with partners Medical Teams International (MTI) and AFREC, have been providing aid to families affected by the famine in Somalia. No staff members were in Dhobley at the time of the attack, but are providing aid across border into Liboi, Kenya.
August 31, 2011 (Dadaab, Kenya) – With growing concerns over food aid falling into the hands of terrorists, or being diverted and sold in Somali markets for profit, World Concern is implementing a unique voucher system in drought-affected communities along the Kenya-Somalia border.
When we set out to visit the community of Dhobley, Somalia, it came after a security assessment from several people, and the knowledge that whatever the security may tell us, it’s still a dangerous place to go.