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East Africa Floods

8 December 2023 Somalia Responding

Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya have been experiencing severe flooding as a result of heavy rainfall, leading to over 700,000 people being displaced.

Plateaus, plains, highlands and the longest coastline in Africa was the backdrop for a civil war that continued for more than 15 years. The consequences of conflict have resulted in great instability, displacement and widespread poverty.

With a staggering 73% of the population currently living on less than £1.50 ($2) a day, our projects aim to provide emergency relief and sustainable development.

Years of conflict and instability mean that millions of people across Somalia face an uncertain future. Out of a population of over 14 million, around 6.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

People and communities across Somalia share the same hopes and dreams as us yet many face life threatening challenges: poor access to safe drinking water, education and sanitation.

Community livelihoods depend on agriculture but climate change has meant unreliable rainfall and resulting drought. With a lack of water for animals, many families lose their livelihoods and are left increasingly food insecure as livestock perish. Families have little choice but to consume unsafe, unsanitary water, leading to the spread of waterborne diseases such as cholera and acute watery diarrhoea.

Islamic Relief staff member talking to a mother holding her baby.
Image: An Islamic Relief aid worker offers support to a mother and young child affected by the recent drought.

The situation in Somalia

Years of conflict and instability, and the effects of climate change has meant that many people in Somalia struggle with everyday life.

1 in 10

babies die before they reach their 5th birthday (World Bank, 2016)


is the average life expectancy (World Bank, 2015)

2 million people

do not have regular access to food (UN World Food Programme, 2017)


children under the age of 5 are acutely malnourished (UN World Food Programme, 2017)

Islamic Relief in Somalia

Islamic Relief staff member in a baron field as sheep come to a water source to drink water.
Image: An Islamic Relief aid worker assesses the level of devastation the drought has had on crops and livestock.

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