2018 will be a hard year for all affected by the drought in Somalia. All indications show that the drought will not get any better and may push the situation towards famine.
CARE has been providing emergency relief and lifesaving assistance to the Somali people since 1981. Our main program activities since then have included projects in water and sanitation, sustainable pastoralist activities, civil society and media development, small-scale enterprise development, primary school education, teacher training, adult literacy and vocational training. We work in partnership with Somali and international aid agencies, civil society leaders and local authorities.
CARE Somalia is currently operational in the northern regions of Puntland and Somaliland.
It has been dry in Somalia for more than 8 years. It does not rain, and when there is not enough water, people cannot harvest enough food and go hungry. Now, with the new year, the drought continues.
Hodu is a mother of three small children and lives in Oodweyne village in Burao in Somaliland. Her family lost each of their 20 goats and sheep during the drought — a critical loss.
CARE is one of eight U.S. based international aid organizations to launch a first-ever joint appeal called the Hunger Relief Fund to raise money to stop looming famine and hunger in parts of Africa and Yemen. "In the 21st century, innocent children should not be dying from hunger.
CARE and actor George Clooney joined forces with other aid organizations to raise funds and awareness for the newly created Hunger Relief Fund.
CARE joined with seven other organizations in a first-of-its-kind fundraising appeal for the 20 million people on the brink of starvation in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria.
“This is the worst drought I’ve ever experienced in my entire lifetime”, says 50-year-old Asha, who left her home three months ago. Back in her village in Wadamagoo up in the mountains of Somaliland, she used to live happily with her husband, six children, 200 sheep and goats and 10 camels.
Deteriorating drought, hunger and hygiene conditions in Somalia has put the health of 6.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance at risk, with over 50,000 cases of suspected cholera reported.