The Horn of Africa is currently experiencing its worst drought since 1981. The drought has caused major water shortages and food insecurity fuelling high levels of displacement in Somalia.
UNICEF has estimated that 1.4 million Somali children are suffering from acute malnutrition as a result of the drought, and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has warned that by this summer 350,000 of the 1.4 million severely malnourished children in the country may perish if nothing is done to help them now. Over 3,500 cases of suspected measles have been reported in the first quarter of 2022.
The COVID-19 pandemic delayed elections in Somalia causing political instability and outbreaks of violence distracting from the major humanitarian crisis at hand.