Report from an Emergency Food Crisis
Medair's integrated programme in Burao and the surrounding area produced encouraging results for vulnerable families. The nutrition situation among Burao IDPs (internally displaced persons) improved from "Very Critical" to "Critical," thanks in part to increased humanitarian assistance, with the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) specifically citing Medair's contributions to the improved nutrition situation.
Across Somalia/Somaliland, the malnutrition rate among children (six to 59 months) has dropped from 30 percent to 22 percent. Rainfall has helped fuel this fragile recovery, along with the extraordinary efforts of multiple humanitarian agencies to bring life-saving relief to some extremely hard-to-reach communities. "We have been through the worst time I have known in my life," said Fadumo Mohamed. "I hope things keep getting better now."
What was once a catastrophic situation has begun to improve, but we must not relent in our efforts. More than two million people remain in crisis and more than one in five children are malnourished. Famine still looms over regions that have seen little rainfall. Emergency aid is needed now more than ever to maintain the life-saving progress that is underway.