Somalia's Looming Famine

Somalia is facing a humanitarian crisis. Your support can help save lives.

Right now, children across Somalia are experiencing the devastating effects of severe drought, as the country faces its fifth consecutive failed rainy seasons. Combined with increased conflict within the region and soaring food prices, the humanitarian situation is dire.

Nearly 6.7 million people across Somalia are projected to be acutely food insecure by December 2022, and an estimated 54.5 per cent of children in Somalia are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition by June 2023.

Drought, looming hunger and the resurgence of armed conflict have led to forced displacement. An estimated 1.5 million people have been forced to leave their homes in search of help and are living in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps with limited access to food, shelter, water, and sanitation. And with many children and their families relying on untreated water from shallow wells and drought-affected rivers, there are increasing concerns for public health as measles and cholera cases spike.

Across the world, children are in the grip of a malnutrition crisis, and it is rapidly getting worse by the day. Your donation will help UNICEF fearlessly deliver life-saving supplies and therapeutic food to children in Somalia and beyond. 

The children of Somalia need your help now.

Somalia’s Looming Famine: There is no place to go back to

Somalia is on the brink of famine

Support UNICEF Australia today to help us send urgently needed micronutrient powders and life-saving malnutrition treatment to children in Somalia, across the Horn of Africa and beyond.

What is a famine?

A famine is the most severe phase of a food crisis and must fulfil all of the following three criteria:

When in a given area, at least 20% of households are facing an extreme lack of food

At least 30% of children under five are suffering from wasting or other forms of acute malnutrition

At least 2 in 10,000 people are dying each day to outright starvation or to malnutrition and disease

A Somalian mother holder her child as she drinks from a cup
Two-year-old Zakaria is with her mother at a Stabilization Centre in Somalia, where she has spent 12 days being treated for severe acute malnutrition.
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  • 82¢
    last year, 82 cents of every dollar donated went to our emergency response work in the field and helped us to be there for children before, during and after emergencies around the world.
  • 18¢
    last year, 18 cents in every dollar were invested in raising public awareness; fundraising to grow our impact for children and in essential accountability and administration work.
Mother holding her child in Somalia who is suffering from malnutrition
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Somalia is on the brink of famine

Support UNICEF Australia today to help us send urgently needed micronutrient powders and life-saving malnutrition treatment to children in Somalia, across the Horn of Africa and beyond.