Severe drought is devastating thousands of families in Somaliland, a self-declared republic in the Horn of Africa.
Over the last three years the drought has killed up to 80% of the region’s livestock. This has had a severe effect on families who rely on livestock farming, forcing them to leave their homes in search of basic services and alternative livelihoods.
The drought and lack of food have heightened the risk of disease and illness. To make matters worse, flash rainstorms are making it even more dangerous.
We’ve been working in Somaliland since 2017. With the support of our partner ActionAid, we've supported over 3,000 families with essential items like tarpaulins, rope and other essential household items.
Where is Somaliland?
Somaliland is a self-declared republic in northwest Somalia. It is hemmed between an expanding desert and the Red Sea.
In recent years ongoing drought and conflict have driven families towards urban areas, causing overcrowding and putting pressure on resources and essential services.
There is a huge need for humanitarian assistance in the area, with an estimated 2.6 million people internally displaced across Somalia. Almost 1.6 million are children.
What aid do families need?
77-year-old Bihi used to be a nomad, moving from place to place with his herd.
But when his cattle died in the drought, Bihi lost his livelihood. He had no choice but to move to Balilmatan, where over 1,000 internally displaced people are now living and receiving humanitarian aid.
We came here because we were hungry and we didn’t have any food. Since I lost my livestock, the biggest struggle is to get food for my family’.
Having left everything behind, Bihi needed shelter to protect his family from the harsh weather.
We supported Bihi’s family with tarpaulin, water carriers and filters, mosquito nets, solar lights and a kitchen set so they can begin to rebuild their lives.
Our impact in Somaliland
We take the time to listen and learn from the families we’re helping.
Wherever possible we go back to visit families and we ask questions to understand how helpful our support has been.
It is also important for us to understand whether any aid items haven’t been useful. This means we can keep on learning and improving the support that we give.
Recently our partner, ActionAid, carried out post-distribution monitoring for us in Somaliland. Find out what we discovered here.