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29 May 2012 description

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.

05 Dec 2011 description

This report provides examples of the work your generous support has made possible this year. As you read it, we are confident that the progress shown will fuel your optimism and determination. Thank you for being part of our community!

19 Aug 2011 description

Throughout the Horn of Africa more than 12 million people are facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. Somalis are fleeing the effects of conflict and famine – more than 1,200 people each day – and arriving in Kenya. AFSC is working to meet the needs of newly arrived refugees in the camps in Dadaab.

In the last few weeks, AFSC has worked with our partner Handicap International to purchase walkers and wheelchairs to assist refugees with physical difficulties. This allows them to better access food, water and other necessary items to survive.

09 Jul 2011 description

An escalating food crisis is taking place in the Horn of Africa, creating a situation where at least 10 million people are in need of emergency relief in the region. United Nations officials are calling this "the worst drought in the area in 60 years."

The American Friends Service Committee is working in the Dadaab refugee camp on the Somalia-Kenya border and with local partners inside Somalia to support lasting peace efforts before this food crisis began. Now, our work is adapting to help people survive the humanitarian crisis.

09 Jul 2011 description

I was born in Central Somalia in 1984. When the civil war escalated my parents decided to cross over to Kenya in 1991. I was told they crossed amid many hardships. These days I hear it is more difficult. I was only 8 years old then so I can’t remember how the journey was. I have therefore been a refugee for most of my life.

In Dadaab I managed to go to school. There are [many] youths in the camp and most of them are unemployed. Some of the youths engage in drugs and others even prostitution.

09 Jul 2011 description

Somalia is experiencing the worst drought in decades. The Somali people are facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today. One in every three children living in South-Central Somalia is malnourished according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The drought’s impact has been exacerbated by the increase in food prices and ongoing violent conflict. The violence makes it incredibly difficult to deliver vital supplies of food, water and emergency provisions inside Somalia.

26 Aug 2010 description

Scarcity of grazing land has led to conflicts among pastoralist communities living along both sides of the Kenya and Somalia border. In Elwak, Somalia livestock is the main source of livelihood for the residents and the same is true for neighboring communities living on the other side of the border in Kenya. Unfortunately with limited space, violent conflict led to preventable deaths.

AFSC and local organizations believe peaceful coexistence is possible through dialogue.

23 Jun 2010 description

During the commemoration of the World Refuge Day on 20th June 2010, some Somali and Ethiopian youth were sponsored by AFSC to exhibit pieces of their photography, creative projects and cultural dances in Nairobi. The groups travelled long distances from Daadab refugee camp and from the Ogaden region of Ethiopia to share in Kenya's capital, a regional hub.

A few months ago the young Somalis were equipped with cameras and photography lessons and asked to document their personal stories.

31 May 2007 description

Dereje Wordofa, Regional Director for Africa,

Pretoria, South Africa [May 31] -The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker peace and social justice organization, continues to build on its 90-year history of humanitarian work by sending a needs assessment team to the Horn of Africa to evaluate the growing humanitarian crisis that affects Somalia and surrounding countries. The delegation will visit the border countries of Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Eritrea - areas critically touched by the refugee crisis.

The UN has reports about one million people have been displaced …

23 Apr 2001 description

Graphs and charts never tell the human story in all of its richness. For convenience, AFSC divides its work into fixed thematic and geographic categories, but we remain mindful of an overarching goal. William Penn encouraged his readers "to try what Love will do." Our aim is to be love at work in the world.

05 May 2000 description

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The American Friends Service Committee is accepting financial contributions for famine relief in the Horn of Africa. Millions of people are at risk of starvation in Ethiopia and the effects of this humanitarian crisis are already being felt in neighboring countries. An equally devastating famine has been reported in parts of Somalia, where wells and rivers have dried up and cholera is now spreading at an alarming rate by refugees migrating across the Ethiopian-Somali border.

05 Dec 1997 description

PHILADELPHIA -- The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has purchased medicines to airfreight to AFSC staff for use on behalf of victims of the massive flooding in Somalia, which began in November. More than two thousand people have drowned, and more than two hundred thousand are homeless, stranded on highlands which have now become islands. Malaria, dysentery, and malnutrition are spreading.

21 Nov 1997 description

Contact: Mustafa Malik at 215/ 241-7060
or Nancy Benson at 215/ 241-7138