Somalia - ICRC Annual Report 2009
19-05-2010 Annual Report No 2009
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The ICRC has maintained a presence in Somalia since 1982, basing its delegation in Nairobi, Kenya, since 1994. It focuses on providing emergency aid to people directly affected by armed conflict, often in combination with natural disasters, and runs extensive first-aid, medical and basic health care programmes. It endeavours to promote respect for IHL, particularly the protection of civilians and medical staff and infrastructure. It also carries out small-scale water, agricultural and cash-for-work projects, designed to restore or improve livelihoods in communities weakened by crises. It works closely with and supports the development of the Somali Red Crescent Society.