A combination of pervasive insecurity, combined with recurrent drought and chronic underdevelopment has left millions of Somalis in need of urgent and sustained humanitarian assistance.
Nearly three million people in the country are facing crisis and emergency levels of food insecurity.* A report released earlier this month by the Famine Early Warning System Network warned that the risk of famine is increasing. In 2011, a famine in Somalia claimed at least 260,000 lives — half of them children.
Famine occurs when mortality, malnutrition and hunger exceed a certain rate in a specific country or region.**
The Somali Red Crescent Society is present throughout the country, supporting communities to respond to the many and growing challenges they are facing.
*Source: Horn of Africa, A call for action. UN OCHA. February 2017