in focus

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.

In numbers

In 2016

  • 102,000
    people received cash relief, cash for work, and cash grants
  • 380,000
    people received food and essential household items
  • 41,000
    people benefited from seeds, seedlings, and tools to promote agriculture in the region
  • 462,000
    people benefited from medical supplies to 12 hospitals and 32 SRCS clinics
  • 90,000
    people benefited from 66 surface and rainwater harvesting projects
  • 4,400
    people were visited in places of detention to ensure that they are treated humanely and with dignity
  • 125,000
    people were put in touch with family members that had been separated due to conflict and natural disasters
  • 800
    army officers received training in international humanitarian law (IHL)