Somalia Risk Losing Humanitarian Gains Due to Lack of Funds

The CARE International warns Somalia risks of losing all the humanitarian gains made in previous years if funding is not urgently increased.

The aid agency surveyed over 2,000 people in five different administrative regions of the country in the second quarter of 2021.

The researchers found that almost 78 percent of communities said that ongoing drought was their biggest challenge, followed by COVID-19 at 72 percent.

Some 5 million Somalis needed humanitarian assistance last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, desert locust infestations, and floods. The number of people in Somalia in need of assistance in 2020 increased by 24 percent, from 4.2 million in 2019 to 5.2 million, according to the report.

Some 2.9 million people remain displaced in the country, and 2.8 million will require immediate food assistance by September. 

Since the 2011 famine, funding in Somalia has steadily decreased from $1,386.8 million in 2011 to the current $558.2million, the CARE International said.

According to the UN, if funding is not increased, hunger will continue to rise, and onemillion people will be denied monthly food assistance, while over 205,500 people, including children, will be denied access to protection services such as clinical rape management and psychosocial support for survivors of gender-based violence.

The warning comes as Somalia commemorates the 2011 famine that has killed tens of thousands of Somalis and displaced millions from their homes in search of water, food and medicine.