Somalia

Photo:Sahra is responsible for the management of the water distribution point of the Eilmidgan village where Oxfam has set up a water desalination plant. Photo by Pablo Tosco/Oxfam. Oxfam is joining over 100 NGOs, activists and academics to raise the alarm and call for action in a joint brief as...
Local organizations have often been the first to raise alarms about, and respond to, most emergencies due to their proximity to and close relationships with affected populations, often risking their lives. Now, at a time when most internationals are themselves affected by the ongoing pandemic and...
Today, we celebrate Somalia for reaching the HIPC (Heavily Indebted Poor Countries) Decision Point for debt relief that will enable the country to access new financial resources to invest in healthcare and other basic services, even more, urgent now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
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Nairobi, 29th January 2020 Swarms of locusts that are sweeping across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia could grow 500 times bigger by June and invade Uganda and South Sudan unless they are immediately brought under control, says Oxfam. The plagues have hit the region at a time when it is already facing...
A man stands in a dry land surrounded by dead animals in Somaliland. Oxfam
Two years on after a devastating drought, the Horn of Africa finds itself yet again on the precipice of catastrophe, yet the humanitarian response to date is woefully inadequate. Where will the international community stand?
Women walk carrying a water jerry can in the Eilmidgan Village, eastern Somaliland. Pablo Tosco/Oxfam
Failing and intermittent rains are wreaking havoc in Somalia and Somaliland, but we are increasingly asking, is anyone listening? 2.2 million people are facing extreme hunger and 5.4 million need humanitarian assistance as of May’s end. It’s a staggering 15% increase from 4.6 million in December...
Women at a water point in eastern Somaliland. Pablo Tosco/Oxfam
Oxfam and partners delivered significant achievements during the first quarter of 2019, amidst a backdrop of a deteriorating humanitarian situation in Somalia and Somaliland, as drought intensifies. What we are most proud of achieving this quarter includes the launch of Somaliland's first ever...
Khadija at a community meeting in eastern Somaliland. (Oxfam)
By AbdiAziz Adani "It’s exclusionary. When only men are making decisions that affect women, and no women are involved, women can feel injustice. Women are often not even informed of the decision-making,'' says Khadija, a women's rights activist in eastern Somaliland. "There are many problems in...
An expanse of an IDP settlement in eastern Somaliland. Allan Gichigi/Oxfam
Sporadic, below average rains and persistent drought since 2016 sees an estimated 1.7 million people in critical need of humanitarian assistance in Somaliland, a figure ballooning by hundreds of thousands in recent months. Communal water resources are drying up at an alarming rate, forcing...
A woman walks through a settlement for displaced families in Somaliland. Allan Gichigi/Oxfam
Somalia’s debt forgotten, but not forgiven, is keeping the country from accessing much-needed foreign cash to stimulate development.

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