A unique view of all the ways WFP is assisting millions of people worldwide.
The World Food Programme is committed to ensuring that vital food assistance reaches the hungry in Somalia. We know that the vast majority of our food assistance reaches the hundreds of thousands of hungry people who depend on it every day in Mogadishu. Across Somalia, more than one million people rely on WFP food assistance each month.
WFP is reaching up to 1.3 million people with food relief in those parts of Somalia to which we have access. These include Puntland, Somaliland, central regions, Mogadishu and some border areas of the south. To assist the most vulnerable, WFP has increased its nutrition programmes using specialized products both to prevent and treat malnutrition in young children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Nutrition programmes now make up some 63 percent of WFP's activities in Somalia.
It isn't often that amidst the sadness and strife of a crisis, you meet someone who has lost a lot but who makes you laugh. This is what happened to me in a small health clinic in the back of beyond in Fiqi Adan, Somaliland.
The droughts have been harsh for years and this left the family no choice but to change their lifestyle and abandon their pastoralist ways. For two children in Fiqi Adan Village, school means much more than receiving an education.
WFP staff in Somalia depend on generators for power, but poor-quality diesel fuel in the country can lead to frequent breakdowns. To tackle the problem, a WFP IT expert has devised a custom filtering system which protects the generator from impurities. Deployed across the country, the system has helped to provide aid workers with a more reliable source of power.
A visit to a centre where hot meals are served in Mogadishu reveals that, while many people displaced from the areas of crisis in the south are staying put for the moment, a few are thinking of returning to their home areas or have already gone. Tens of thousands of residents and displaced people receive WFP food cooked at these centres every day.
Communications Analyst, Mariko Hall, was in Nairobi recently as part of the flood of humanitarian workers arriving in the Horn of Africa to help with the hunger crisis. She was with WFP's crack emergency telecoms team FITTEST, which is always brought in to get vital communications systems in place fast. Sitting in a guest house where there's no power, she explains some of the challenges of setting up a COMCEN (Communications Centre) in emergency environments.
Hawa Aden fled to central Somalia from the drought and conflict-torn south desperate for a way to support her family. Though work is scarce and settling in has been tough, she’s at least found a way to put food on the table. In exchange for monthly rations, Hawa helps to clean up the area where families like hers have settled—an important job that will help to prevent the spread of disease.
Nadifa and her family were nomads. Their thriving business, selling milk and meat from the herds of goats, was decimated by the drought in Somalia. They have sought refuge in the village of Docol in central Somalia, where they are now receiving WFP food assistance.
Like so much of Somalia, the city of Galkayo is divided between competing factions that each controls part of the city. WFP telecoms experts Ryan Twittey and Aleksandar Dulovic, who were recently there on assignment, describe the tense border crossing necessary to get from one part of the city to the other.