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Mogadishu: millions of people in need

Somalia is one of the poorest countries in the world. According to the UN, at least 7 out of 10 inhabitants live below the poverty line, and 7.1 million people, or nearly half of the population, suffer from hunger, particularly in Mogadishu.

In Mogadishu, the country's capital, millions of people live in a situation of extreme precariousness, and are hoping for humanitarian aid.

LIFE operates in Mogadishu

somalia refugee camp

Since 2009, LIFE has been helping the poorest people, acting in more than 25 countries around the world.It intervenes in particular in Somalia, and more particularly in Mogadishu, in therefugee camps. Most of these refugees come from rural areas.

Food is a vital need.But not only, because it is also a fundamental human right recognized by international law.Yet in these makeshift camps, thefood insecurityhit the residents. A lack of food which weakens their state of health and threatens their survival.

To meet the nutritional needs of local populations in need, and ensure their food security, LIFE distributesfood parcels. These packages of almost 90 kg contain, for example, flour, sugar, rice, dates, oil or milk powder. Each package provides a family of 7 to 10 people with food security for more than 3 months.

LIFE therefore brings avital helpto the survival of these displaced persons in Mogadishu. Through its action, LIFE restores the dignity of beneficiaries.

Why is Somalia a poor country?

Several causes can explain the poverty that is rampant in the country, causing an unprecedented hunger crisis. Among them :


Since 1991, the country has been in the grip of an armed conflict. A chaotic situation that bogs the country down in poverty.ATMogadishu or elsewhere this conflict destroys the agricultural land and livestock of the inhabitants, often depriving them of their main means of subsistence. Moreover, faced with the permanent insecurity generated by the conflict, the Somali population is fleeing en masse. They leave their homes, leaving everything behind. Deprived of their sources of income and food, the inhabitants find themselves in a situation of food insecurity and poverty.



For several years, Somalia has been on the front lines of climate change. This country in the Horn of Africa is suffering the consequences of global warming. The rainy seasons are insufficient to ensure harvests, and for the fields to come back to life. Nearly 90% of the country faces severe water shortages. The country is therefore frequently plagued by devastating droughts, thus plunging the population into poverty. The inhabitants of rural areas, having no more resources to survive, join the big cities, often located hundreds of kilometers away.

In 2011-2012, the country was hit by a famine that caused the death of more than 260,000 people, half of whom were children under the age of 5.A few years later, in 2016-2017, the country was again faced with a deadly drought. A repeating scenario...

According to the UN, in Somalia,1 in 4 people are at risk of hunger due to drought.


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