Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Luban - Oct 2018
- Somalia: Polio Outbreak - Aug 2018
- 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
Maps & Infographics
Most read reports
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- Cross-Border Movements Somalia September 2018
- Somalia Humanitarian Fund transforms children's lives
- Somalia to develop a national communication strategy on preventing and countering violent extremism
- Outbreak update – Cholera in Somalia, 18 October 2018
June 1 - If you met a hungry child, would you give her a blanket? Relief International believes in giving families what they need most. More and more, that means giving them something revolutionary: cash.
Often delivered using debit cards, cash allows families to pay rent, buy food, send children to school or accomplish whatever they determine to be their priorities. Just like families everywhere. And cash comes with other advantages.
MAY 14 — Springtime in Somalia brings Gu, “the season of long rains.” The rains revive the pastures and grazing lands — and often deliver death and destruction to the regions where the rivers burst their banks.
Habiba Osman Abdi and her family haven’t had fresh drinking water in their village since March. The closest source of clean water is a nearly depleted well six hours’ walk away, where filling a five-gallon/20-liter jerry can costs 20 times what it did just a few months ago.
“[My son] Abdullahi is always crying because he’s thirsty,” said Ms. Abdi, a 25-year-old mother of five. “And the water is expensive, so sometimes we skip a meal to pay for it.”
Relief International is currently implementing an innovative program focused on inspiring change in Somalia to allow marginalized girls to have the opportunity to obtain an education, ensuring they attend school and graduate as empowered young women able to break the cycle of poverty.
Astrid Sehl (29.05.2012)
NRC, together with 15 other relief agencies, warn that humanitarian needs in Somalia must not be ignored as over 2 million people is still in dire need of assistance.
15 relief agencies warn humanitarian needs in Somalia must not be ignored as over 2 million still in dire need of assistance
Situation still dire as malnutrition and death rates remain high
On Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 Relief International Somalia Country Director Randhir Singh and I attended a crucial UN meeting on Somalia. The event was part of a bi-annual presentation on food security and nutrition that focused on Somalia. The output of this briefing was the announcement that the famine that had been declared last July in Somalia is now over.
To frame this, let me first offer a couple of explanations:
The Horn of Africa crisis has been in the news a lot. Millions of people (particularly in Somalia) are on the brink of starvation.
Kenya is Somalia’s western neighbor, and the drought that is affecting so many Somalis didn’t discriminate between the two sides of the border. After a ruinous crop failure poorer Kenyans living in the eastern half of the country are suffering just like their neighbors, albeit in smaller numbers.
When the United Nations officially declared a famine in the Horn of Africa on July 20, 2011, the food crisis in Somalia had already been developing for some time. Food security in the region has been severely declining due to historical levels of drought and rising world food prices, but famine does not erupt over-night. The slow-onset drought also translates into a critical and much-needed intervention to save lives in magnitudes.
When Relief International volunteer Dania Gharaibeh visited famine-stricken refugee camps in the Somali region of Ethiopia this month, she noticed that the children, despite being malnourished and displaced, were laughing and giggling as children do all over the world. Yet behind them, she felt their parents’ pain as one man confided, "It is one thing to be hungry, it is another, most hurtful thing not to be able to feed your children."
The UN has called the famine in the southern parts of Somalia, “the worst famine in a generation.” A deadly combination of drought, political unrest, and poverty has left Somalis struggling to find food—and many thousands fleeing to neighboring countries. 90 percent of those in refugee and IDP camps are women and children.
Galkayo, May 2008 - Leaders of the Federal Transitional Government (FTG) held talks in Galkayo with representatives of international aid agencies. Discussion focused on issues hindering aid agencies' efforts to conduct operations, including lack of security, inability to access vulnerable populations and uneven Government cooperation.
"Need is great and increasing with the looming drought and famine," Relief International's Programme Coordinator, Mr.