Oxfam reaction to Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan

Campaigns and Advocacy, Humanitarian Advocacy, Media Releases article written on the 09 Feb 2023

In reaction to the 2023 Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan released 8 February 2023, stating that nearly half the population – or 8.3 million people – are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, of which over 700,000 are facing a looming famine, Oxfam Country Director in Somalia, Adil AlMahi, said:

“With five failed rain seasons, Somalia is quickly moving towards what may be one of its worst humanitarian crises in recent history. People’s ability to cope has been stretched to a breaking point. They have nothing left to fall back on.

“Many are telling us they have been digging into their savings or building debt all last year to manage to put food on the table. Now they depleted their savings, cannot repay their debt, or borrow anymore. They have exhausted all their options, but hunger is far from over.

“We cannot continue drip-feeding aid to keep the worst of the crisis at bay while each day people slide further into irrecoverable debt to survive. What Somalia needs is a drastic global collective effort to lift people out of a looming famine swiftly

“This includes donors immediately injecting money to meet the UN $2.6 billion Somalia appeal to save lives now. It also includes tackling the root causes of hunger in Somalia, including preparing for future similar climate shocks in the future, supporting farmers to replenish their crops and stocks, and tackling violence.”

For interviews, contact Lucy Brown on 0478 190 099 / lucyb@oxfam.org.au