The Current Crisis
East Africa, including Somalia, is in the grip of a devastating food crisis, with 16 million people on the brink of starvation. Successive droughts have caused crops to fail across Southern Ethiopia, Somalia and Northern Kenya. Livestock are dying and safe sources of water are scarce.
50% of Somalia’s population are in urgent need – at least 6.2 million people face acute food shortage. There is also a severe lack of safe water due to lack of rain. There is currently a larger number of the population at risk than the last food crisis in 2011. There has been large-scale displacement towards urban areas, which is expected to continue to worsen.
Humanitarian access is impeded, particularly in south-central Somalia. Many parts of Somalia remain mostly inaccessible to humanitarians.
What are Tearfund doing?
Tearfund are working in Somaliland (a semi autonomous part of Somalia), providing 3,000 people with cash assistance to enable them to buy food and vital supplies. We are also trucking water, renovating communal water sources, as well as conducting sanitation and hygiene education.
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Pray for Somalia
- Pray for an end to the droughts that have had such a devastating effect upon these lands. Ask God that the rains will fall when and where they are needed.
- Pray for all those who are suffering from hunger. Pray that they will be given comfort and strength and that they will receive the help they need without delay.
- The political situation in Somalia is highly complex, and many areas are inaccessible. Ask God to smooth the way so that assistance can get to where it's needed the most without any hinderance.
- Pray that there will be a huge response from the international community, and that funds will be made available to provide all that is needed so that Tearfund’s staff and partners can work to support those in greatest need.
I hope that more and more women can be trained in vocational skills that would enable them to earn a livingSelf Help Group member Marwad Jama, pictured above