Somalia External Update, Issue 24 - March 2013

Situation Report
Originally published



  • The number of people in food crisis, unable to meet basic food needs without aid, reduced by half in the past six months to 1 million in January 2013. The 1 million people in crisis represent about 14 per cent of the population. At present, none are facing famine conditions
  • An additional 1.7 million people who emerged from crisis in the past year are still, at risk of falling back into crisis without continued support to meet basic needs and build up their livelihoods
  • An estimated 1.1 million Somalis are internally displaced, often living in deplorable conditions. Another one million Somalis are refugees in neighbouring countries
  • 615,000 of the 1.1 million internally displaced people are in food crisis with those living in IDP camps worst off
  • Malnutrition rates remain among the highest in the world. An estimated 215,000 children under five years of age are acutely malnourished
  • In southern Somalia and parts of the North and Central regions, the nutrition situation is likely to remain critical in the first half of the year due to the lack of health infrastructure, poor feeding practices and outbreaks of acute watery diarrhoea and measles during the April to June rainy season