Somalia is one of the poorest countries in the world, facing its most severe crisis in almost 20 years, fuelled by the conflict raging in the south and centre of the country.
On 25th May the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) reported that 6,200 had fled the Afgooye corridor since the start of the joint African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali National Army offensive against forces of Al-Shabaab on 22nd May. Humanitarian agencies in Mogadishu, who are already struggling to meet the needs of an estimated 184,000 IDPs, are being further challenged by the most recent influx of approximately 5,600 in to the capital. As the offensive against Al-Shabaab continues, there have been reports that dozens of women and children have been killed or injured as they have tried to escape the fighting. The onslaught compounds the misery endured daily by the 410,000 Somalis living in temporary shelters in the Afgooye corridor, home to the world’s largest population of Internally Displaced People (IDPs). Despite there being an overall improvement in the nutrition situation since August 2011, levels of acute malnutrition and mortality remain above emergency thresholds in southern Somalia.
What is Save the Children doing?
In southern and central Somalia, Save the Children is responding to the increased number of IDPs entering Mogadishu as a result of the conflict, through expansion in two new camps with health and nutrition services. We are helping families with emergency food, shelter and sanitation. Our primary health care service provision is continuing in Sigale and Darwish IDP settlements meaning 3307 people were able to access medical consultation. . In other areas, water management committees in a total of 17 schools have been established, baseline surveys for livestock treatment under the MFA grant are ongoing as well as shelter support for repairs to CFS and nutrition centres are also continuing. So far our response in Somalia has reached 455,883 beneficiaries, 26,475 of those being new beneficiaries from 14th-27th April, but we need to reach a lot more.