Somalia appeal

Conflict and drought - a deadly combination

£8
£8

could provide a child with a week’s worth of therapeutic food

£15
£15

could provide a child with 2 weeks’ worth of therapeutic food

£30
£30

could provide a child with a month’s worth of therapeutic food

Other

Somalia is one of the most dangerous places in the world. Decades of fighting and continuous periods of drought have forced many from their homes. Families are now facing a desperate struggle to feed their children in makeshift camps. We are on the ground but need your support. Help a family survive.

Malnutrition is one of the leading causes of death of children in Somalia

Regular droughts and nearly 30 years of conflict have made access to food limited and expensive. And, right now an estimated one million children under five are malnourished.

Two million people have fled their homes, with an estimated 600,000 internally displaced people seeking safety in Mogadishu. Many are in camps where conditions are poor, with no toilets, running water or access to healthcare.

Concern is on the ground responding to this urgent and growing crisis, but we need your support to help families survive.

You can provide a malnourished child with a course of therapeutic food, helping them to recover. As well as supporting their family to fill a shopping bag with the nutritious food they desperately need.

Years of conflict and drought have pushed Somali families to breaking point

  • £19 could provide therapeutic food and fill a family’s shopping bag with food for a week

  • £39 could provide therapeutic food and fill a family’s shopping bag with food for two weeks

  • £58 could provide therapeutic food and fill a family’s shopping bag with food for three weeks

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I have never known a time where we have had food every day.

When Hani* (pictured below) was pregnant with Nala* (pictured below), she was forced from her home after violence broke out in her village.

She travelled on foot to safety, leaving behind all her belongings. She went without food for days.

Nala was born three months later, but Hani* admits that she did not get to eat enough when she was pregnant so little Nala was born very weak.

As Hani sits in Concern’s nutrition clinic, Nala is drifting in-and-out of consciousness. Hani tries to keep her daughter awake to feed her, but Nala is too weak and winces when her mother tries to wake her.

Mogadishu, Somalia. Photo: Jennifer Nolan/Concern Worldwide
Mogadishu, Somalia. Photo: Jennifer Nolan/Concern Worldwide

Concern admitted Nala into the life-saving therapeutic food programme. Hani was also signed up to Concern’s cash transfer programme, so she could fill her shopping bag with nutritious food for the rest of the family.

"I dream for a peaceful Mogadishu. I dream that one day, Nala and the rest of my children will see a peaceful Mogadishu and never worry about having enough food. We all just want to live in peace," she said.

*Names changed for security reasons.

Why your help matters

Help a family survive

£19
£19

could provide therapeutic food and fill a family’s shopping bag with food for a week

£39
£39

could provide therapeutic food and fill a family’s shopping bag with food for two weeks

£58
£58

could provide therapeutic food and fill a family’s shopping bag with food for three weeks

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