USAID is providing life-saving humanitarian assistance for people affected by Somalia's severe food insecurity crisis.
USAID is providing life-saving humanitarian assistance for people affected by Somalia's severe food insecurity crisis.

Latest Somalia Fact Sheet

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Key Developments

Suspected al-Shabaab members conducted multiple attacks in Somalia’s capital city of Mogadishu on February 23, resulting in 45 deaths and injuring at least 36 people, international media report. USAID/OFDA-funded medical supplies helped local health facilities to treat at least 10 injured persons, according to a USAID/OFDA partner.

Relief actors project that average to below-average April-to-June gu rains will likely restrict access to food and income among displaced and vulnerable people through mid-2018.

On March 6, the U.S. Government (USG) announced more than $110 million in additional humanitarian funding for the Somalia response. The new funds—comprising nearly $17 million from USAID/OFDA, more than $59 million from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, and nearly $35 million from U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration—will support emergency food assistance, health care services, and other life-saving interventions for conflict- and drought-affected populations in Somalia and Somali refugees in neighboring countries.

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is responding to the complex emergency in the Horn of Africa region, including in EthiopiaKenya, and Somalia.

Please visit our Horn of Africa web page for additional information.


Since 1991, Somalia has experienced a persistent complex emergency due to chronic food insecurity, widespread violence, and recurrent droughts and floods. The 2011 drought—widely regarded as the country’s worst in 60 years—severely deteriorated food security among pastoralists and populations in marginal farming areas, resulting in famine in areas of Bay, Bakool, and Lower and Middle Shabelle regions, as well as among internally displaced persons in Mogadishu and the nearby Afgooye corridor.

Despite modest improvements in recent years, malnutrition rates in Somalia remain among the highest in the world, and ongoing insecurity in the country—particularly in areas that lack established local authorities and where al-Shabaab is present—contributes to the complex emergency. Sustained life-saving assistance, coupled with interventions aimed at building resilience, is critical to help vulnerable households meet basic needs, reduce malnutrition, and protect livelihoods. An estimated 6.7 million people require humanitarian assistance between January and December 2017.



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Last updated: April 09, 2018

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