4.2 Million People In Somalia Will Need Humanitarian Assistance In 2019- Aid Agencies.

The Somalia Humanitarian Country Team has released the 2019 Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) that says that humanitarian assistance is fragile and threatened by the poor performance of the current Deyr rainy season (Oct-Dec) saying that early funding and support will be required to sustain the aid operation in 2019.

“In April to July 2018, the humanitarian situation in Somalia has continued to improve due to good Gu rains and sustained humanitarian response.

The end of four consecutive seasons of drought in many parts of the country resulted in the best harvests in nearly a decade, positively affecting the food security,” reads the report.

The report further notes that more than 4.2 million people – one third of the population- will require humanitarian assistance and protection in 2019. This is a reduction in the number of people in need by 34 per cent, from 6.2 million people, in 2018 due to an improved humanitarian context and a more focused definition of humanitarian needs, while still including 60 per cent of all people at stressed level (IPC 2).

Of the people in need of assistance, almost two thirds are children and over 2.6 million people are internally displaced persons (IDPs), who live in difficult circumstances, are highly vulnerable and in need of multiple basic services.

The most vulnerable groups, including female-headed households, children, the elderly, people with disabilities and marginalized communities, are particularly at risk and face specific protection concerns. “Even with the improvements in food security, we cannot afford to be complacent. Humanitarian needs remain above the pre-crisis level from two years ago.

Over 1.5 million people, mainly IDPs and rural populations, face acute levels of food insecurity (IPC 3 and above) and require immediate assistance for their survival. Malnutrition rates across the country have remained persistently high with nearly one million children expected to be acutely malnourished, including 173,600 expected to be severely malnourished,” said Peter de Clercq, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia.

Source: KMAU Update