Situation of women and children

4.2 million people – one third of the total population – are in need of humanitarian support and protection, including 2.5 million children.

Mother-and-child
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For the first time in decades, a child born in Somalia today has the chance to become part of a generation who may experience peace and stability.

An end to the violence and instability is the first step in ensuring that children and families in the country can benefit from advances in education, healthcare, better nutrition and greater access to safe water and sanitation; empowerment, protection and the hope of a brighter future.

However, the challenges facing children, women and families in Somalia remain formidable.

Somalia is one of the most complex and protracted humanitarian crises in the world.

4.2 million people – one third of the total population – are in need of humanitarian support and protection, including 2.5 million children.

Last year, sustained humanitarian support, along with improved rainfall across the country, saw some improvements in food security. However, such advances are precarious, and millions of children remain in desperate need of support and protection.