A lifeline for Somali families is hanging by a thread

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The money sent home to loved ones by Somalis living abroad makes up a huge proportion of the country’s economy . In fact, nearly half of the Somali population depends on remittances to meet their everyday needs. Today, this flow of money is under threat like never before.

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What a difference a jerry can makes

A year since famine was declared in parts of Somalia, we bring you this good-news story about how the humble jerry can is making a huge difference in Mogadishu IDP camps.

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A day out at Mogadishu beach

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While the situation remains very fragile in Mogadishu, residents are beginning to enjoy a taste of normal life – such as going to the beach for a swim. But there’s still a long way to go for Somalia and its people…

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Somali voices

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In the lead-up to this week’s international conference on the future of Somalia, we asked five ordinary Somalis what they hoped would come out of the talks. Their responses were both thoughtful and thought-provoking.

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Survival and triplets in the midst of famine

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In the midst of famine, Somali children survive with the help of Oxfam partner SAACID, whose community therapeutic care centres across Mogadishu are admitting more than 3,000 malnourished children every week.

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Providing free health care in Mogadishu

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21-year-old Maryana, a nurse for one of Oxfam’s Somali partners, works at an emergency therapeutic centre in Mogadishu. Here she talks about the many challenges she faces in providing free health care to thousands of malnourished children.

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Somalia famine hits farmers hard – but Oxfam project brings hope for the next harvest

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Agricultural communities in southern Somalia – the country’s grain basket – are being severely affected by the current drought, which has resulted in widespread failure of crops. But an Oxfam project is helping farmers get through this difficult time and providing hope for a better harvest in January.

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With drought and famine weakening Somalia, community care improves childrens’ health

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Launched with a local Somali partner in 2009, Oxfam’s innovative community care program to address malnutrition in Mogadishu has reached 136,000 children. This is the story of one of these children, Mohamed, who recovered from severe illness and malnutrition.

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Destination: Mogadishu

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The first of three Oxfam aid shipments to Mogadishu was dispatched on Saturday, containing 47 tons of water and hygiene supplies to combat rising instances of cholera in the city’s crowded refugee camps.

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Giving women a voice in emergencies

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In emergency situations, women have specific needs – but often don’t get the chance to speak freely about them. In Dadaab refugee camp, we’ve been meeting with women to find out what we can do to make their lives a little easier.

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“A perfect storm” in Somalia: Mary Robinson in East Africa

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Oxfam Global Ambassador Mary Robinson recently returned to Somalia, almost 20 years after her first trip to the country. In a fascinating interview with the ABC, she shares her thoughts and impressions of the East Africa crisis.

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Clean water for Dadaab’s most vulnerable

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Oxfam is at Dadaab, supplying Somalian refugees on the camp’s outskirts with desperately needed water. Check out our photo gallery to see our specialist staff at work.

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Famine in Somalia: what does it mean?

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Famine in East Africa: what does it mean, exactly? When does a food crisis become a famine, and what are the factors behind it? What can be done about it? With the UN declaring famine in parts of Somalia, we thought it was time for some explanations.

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Speed is crucial, as Somalia faces biggest crisis in over a decade

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More than one third of Somalia’s population are in need of humanitarian assistance, thanks to drought and ongoing conflict. Many of them are making the long, difficult trip to Kenya in search of a better future.

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Drought and rising prices leave Somaliland families struggling for food

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The worst drought in 60 years and rising food prices mean that families in Somaliland are struggling to find enough to eat and drink. These are some of their stories.

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