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Crisis in Somalia

A country on the brink

Somalia is on the brink of a serious and prolonged humanitarian crisis due to critical shortages in water and food. The situation is especially critical in the southern areas of the country, where there are alarming malnutrition figures. Ongoing conflict, and heavy rains that caused the Shabelle River to burst its banks, have combined to make what was already a nationwide crisis even more serious. There are currently more than 2 million Somalis in need of humanitarian assistance.

Furthermore, last year’s drought has left people in southern areas fearing they won’t have enough food and water for the next four months. Oxfam is working with local partners to provide water and sanitation, cash-for-work programs and feeding sites treating acutely malnourished children less than 5 years of age.

Somalia needs increased and sustained aid from the international community.

How you can help

By donating to our Africa crisis appeal, you will be helping Oxfam to provide life-saving aid to those who need it most in Somalia and other African countries affected by crisis.

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Read our stories from the field in Somalia