Documenting the drought in Somalia: Born Into Drought

From November 2016 until March 2017, over 600,000 people have been displaced within the country. 

This number is rising. Forced to abandon their homes and livelihoods in search of food and water, more than 8,000 people are newly displaced each day.

Water is scarce. Animals are dying of thirst and families must travel further and further to find the nearest water source. People’s health conditions are deteriorating due to severe malnourishment and associated illnesses, as well as outbreaks of cholera and measles. As many as 6.2 million of Somalia’s 12.3 million population are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

The humanitarian community is scaling up its collective response to support people trying to survive the drought. The response covers a variety of critical areas, including food security, health, water and sanitation, shelter, and livelihood support. Without more funding, these life-saving programmes will only reach a small portion of those who need them most. The UN Migration Agency’s (IOM) appeal for the drought in Somalia is currently only funded 40%.

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