Response in Emergencies

Somali Children and Women in Crisis

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Somali Children and Women in Crisis

UNICEF Somalia/2015/Rich
© UNICEF Somalia/2015/Rich

Conflict, insecurity, drought and famine have defined Somalia throughout the past two decades. Currently, a third of the population (2.51 million people) is still in crisis and in need of immediate food security and livelihood assistance – over 70 percent are in the conflict-ridden South where humanitarian access is limited due to the high level of insecurity. Rates of acute malnutrition illustrate an almost unimaginable situation: 30 per cent of children under 5 are acutely malnourished.

UNICEF humanitarian action encompasses more than rapid response. It also involves reliable preparedness and calls for investment in early recovery from the very onset of a response. UNICEF increasingly recognizes the need for all its programmes (both development- and emergency-related) to build resilience and reduce risk. These aims are achieved in various ways Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs) and include supply and logistics, programming, human resources, policy and practice, communication and information technology.

UNICEF is scaling up its emergency response in coordination with local authorities and more than 100 national and international partner organizations, while leading the education, nutrition and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) clusters and the child protection sub-cluster.

Visit the cluster websites for more information:

Somalia Education Cluster

Somalia Nutrition Cluster

Somalia Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) cluster

Child Protection Working Group





UNICEF Somalia Humanitarian Situation Reports

UNICEF Humanitarian Action Resources

The Core Commitments for Children (CCC) are a framework for humanitarian action, around which UNICEF seeks to engage with partners.
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