In our ‘thought leadership’ series, Concern's Humanitarian and Resilience Senior Policy Officer, Alexander Carnwath, and Resilience Programme Manager in Somalia, Dustin Caniglia examine the effectiveness of early warning systems and rapid response in helping to avert famine in Somalia this year and their continued importance in 2018.
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As a devastating crisis spreads through the region, Concern supporters are helping to save lives every day.
Scorched earth, scattered carcasses and struggling families. Concern’s Kieran McConville reports from the Gabiley region in Somaliland, where the worst drought in decades is devastating livestock and pushing families to the brink of starvation.
A total of 20 million people in east Africa are now at risk of starvation. Famine has been declared in South Sudan and is increasingly likely in Somalia; both Kenya and Ethiopia are experiencing severe food shortages. Concern teams are on the ground in all four countries delivering critical emergency support.
Just days after famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, the UN has also called for immediate action to prevent famine occurring in Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen. Concern's Regional Director for the Horn of Africa, Feargal O’Connell, urges the international community to respond.
The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, has warned that famine could soon become a reality in Somalia. In 2011 a famine resulted in the estimated loss of more than a quarter a million lives so why is the country once again on the brink of catastrophe?
Somali native, Roda Mussa Mohamed, describes how the arrival of a water point in her small village in Somaliland has had a truly life-changing impact – on her family’s health, well-being and even on her business.
Being a child in Somalia can be hard – and thirteen year old Amal Ali Ibrahim’s story exemplifies that more than most. Having lost her mother at the tender age of three months, Amal has lived all her life with her father in Siliga internally displaced people’s (IDP) camp in Wadajir district.
This International Women’s Day we are focussing on the power of education for girls around the globe. Faduma is one of a generation of young women whose lives can be transformed by a better quality of schooling. Here we look at some of the challenges facing girls just like her in Somalia today.