Almost 6.5 million Somalis are facing a food crisis amid a three year drought and the escalation of protracted armed conflict. Farmers and herders have seen their livelihoods decimated by the long dry spells. With an anticipated sixth consecutive season of below-average rainfall looming and the fertile land available shrinking, fishing remains a viable alternative source of income for many. Somalia has the longest coastline in mainland Africa, stretching over 3,000km, and more people are turning their sights to the sea looking for a better future for themselves and their children.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) supported 250 families in Mogadishu, Bossaso, Middle Shabelle and Lower Juba with boats, engines, solar refrigerators and fishing equipment.
"We try to prop up already existing businesses to cushion them from the adverse effects of the drought and rising food and fuel costs," explains Maslah Hassan who works for the ICRC's livelihood programs in Lower Juba region.