Somalia is right now experiencing the driest rainy season in nearly four decades.
• A total of 5.1 million people are food insecure - this is an increase from 4.6 million people since September 2018.
• Children continue to suffer from the impact of food shortages. At least 1.2 million children under the age of five will be acutely malnourished throughout 2019.
• The drought has forced some 40,000 children out of school, as families enlist children to search for water.
• Families are dying not only from starvation, but also from diseases such as cholera and measles because they lack clean water and sanitation.
Save the Children will need to increase our emergency response efforts to ensure lives are saved. Please help children in Somalia and throughout drought-ravaged Africa.
Help Save Children in Somalia
Somalia is one of the hardest places on earth to be a child. Ranked third only to Syria and Afghanistan, Somalia tops a list of the 10 most dangerous conflict-affected countries to be a child. Decades of civil war have left the country mired in poverty and, in many places, without a functioning government. The current food crisis has driven acute malnutrition to serious and critical levels, with more than one million children in Somalia under the age of five face acute malnutrition.
What's Happening in Somalia Right Now?
The frequency and severity of drought in Somalia is unprecedented. Seven out of the last eight rainy seasons since 2015 have been poor or failed across the Horn of Africa. Families are still reeling from a massive drought in 2016-2017—one of the worst on record—which affected 19.5 million people across East Africa.
The Challenges for Children in Somalia
Enduring extreme poverty and on the brink of famine, children in Somalia need your help.*
- 1 child in 8 dies before their 5th birthday - 21 times the rate in the United States
- 25% of children have stunted growth due to severe malnutrition
- Half of school-age children are out of school
- 49% of children are engaged in child labor
- 25% of girls age 15-19 are married, while 1 in 10 give birth before the age of 19
- 26% of the population has been forcible displaced due to conflict
How You’re Changing Children’s Lives
Thanks to giving people like you, our work for children in Somalia is making a difference.
Save the Children has worked in Somalia since 1951. As the country faces one of its worst droughts in decades, alarming numbers of children — an estimated 1.4 million— are suffering from malnutrition, and as many as 275,000 girls and boys are at extreme risk of losing their lives.
Save the Children is already working to help affected communities in Somalia to cope with the immediate humanitarian effects of drought. We are providing emergency water supplies, treating children who are malnourished, supporting education systems so that children do not miss vital learning while displaced by drought, running health facilities, and providing cash and livelihood support to the most vulnerable.
As clean water becomes harder to find, cholera has spread among Somalia’s children and families. To control the spread of the disease, we’ve established a cholera task force and are delivering ready-to-eat therapeutic food to hard-hit areas. Save the Children is also training nurses and doctors to expand their treatment services in order to treat and save as many children as possible.
- Protected 55,238 children from harm
- Supported 235,297 children in times of crisis
- Provided 578,836 children with a healthy start in life
- Gave Gave 40,318 children vital nourishment children vital nourishment
How to Help Children in Somalia
Please help us provide life-saving emergency assistance to children in Somalia with a donation to our Child Hunger Crisis and Famine Relief Fund.
*Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: UNHCR; Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)
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