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In Somalia, the ICRC works with the Somali Red Crescent Society to help the victims of conflict and natural disaster. Severe drought has brought famine to many areas of the country, making life almost impossible, and placing women and children in danger. We provide emergency assistance, boost self-reliance, promote and monitor international humanitarian law, visit detainees and restore contact between family members separated by conflict. The ongoing conflict is tearing villages and families apart, putting them in the most dangerous situations. We bring you the latest Somalia news, along with updates about the country’s people and their stories. You can also stay up to date with the latest ICRC actions in Somalia’s capital city, Mogadishu.

Here's the latest news coming out of Somalia:

Latest Update
In numbers

In 2017

  • 581,600
    people received cash relief, cash for work, and cash grants
  • 624,300
    people received emergency food and essential household items
  • 222,150
    people benefited from seeds, tools, and irrigation pumps to promote food production
  • 488,800
    people benefited from medical supplies to 10 hospitals and 29 SRCS clinics
  • 295,000
    people benefited from 50 borehole and 34 well projects that improved access to clean water
  • 2,730
    people were visited in places of detention to ensure that they are treated humanely and with dignity
  • 71,300
    Red Cross Messages were exchanged to connect people separated from their loved ones
  • 85,400
    cases of malnutrition were addressed including more than 5,000 severely malnourished children under the age of 5
  • 13,000
    people in places of detention benefited from improved access to health-care
  • 344,400
    people benefited from livestock treatment, tsetse fly control, animal health training, and veterinary kits
  • 5,700
    people received training and fishing kits to promote fish farming
  • 526,000
    people benefited from hygiene promotion campaigns encouraging better hygiene practices
  • 1,050
    army officers were sensitized on international humanitarian law