Somalia

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.
A woman and her son at the Karashaka IDP camp in Somaliland. Allan Gichigi/Oxfam
As 2018 comes to a close, we look at Oxfam and partners work during the past quarter. Despite drought and armed conflict retaining a tight grip throughout many parts of the country, urban youth building up the local tech sector and women in remote areas advancing gender equality, are just a show of...
A woman walking through a settlement for displaced people in Somaliland. Allan Gichigi/Oxfam
In 2017, serious drought forced thousands of Somali families to leave their rural homes and look for alternative means to earn an income in urban centers. However, despite the limited livelihood opportunities available, these families do not intend to return home soon.
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