Two decades has seen Somalia at the heart of one of the longest running humanitarian crisis in the world. The intense destabilization created by the 1991 collapse of the government, has left its people vulnerable, displaced and at the forefront of an international independent and governmental battle for aid intervention.
The Somalia of today is home to the largest population per capita of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the world.
Today almost 30 percent, over a quarter of a million people, have been displaced and nearly half the country’s population is malnourished and totally dependent on external food aid
3.2 million Somalis are in need of humanitarian assistance.
HIJRA’s Emergency Role in Somalia
HIJRA has remained among a very small number of NGOs still operating and providing essential lifesaving services in Southern Somalia, Banadir and The Afgooye Corridor; working to fill the gaps in aid created by the forced withdrawal of agencies in 2009.
In response to this withdraw and the increased violence our program focus has been shifted from developmental projects to emergency intervention.
Together with our international partners and various UN agencies, HIJRA works to set up systems of shared information and coordinated response for the displaced to provide immediate emergency intervention in Water and Sanitation, Livelihoods and Health.
HIJRA works to ensure access to emergency healthcare services, clean water, emergence shelter (plastic sheeting) and non-food items (NFIs), sanitation facilities and hygiene supplies. HIJRA also supplies lifesaving kits to the incoming IDPs.