The IRC in Somalia
The International Rescue Committee first began assisting Somalis in the early 1980s following the Somalia-Ethiopian conflict. Forced to halt programs due to a resurgence of violence, the IRC restarted relief efforts in 2007, working with local authorities to provide health care, clean water, sanitation and other critical services. We also foster development through the creation of jobs and community participation. Now as Somalia and its neighbors struggle to recover the effects of a catastrophic drought, the IRC is responding to Somalis’ urgent needs.
Inside our work in Somalia
Somalia faces systemic conflict and poverty and now is struggling to recover from the effects of widespread famine that ravaged the region in 2011. After stepping up its services to address this emergency, the IRC is continuing to provide essential services and promote development.
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How We Help
- The IRC provides emergency relief to those affected by drought and conflict.
- The IRC builds and restores clean water sources and promotes good hygiene.
- The IRC assists farmers with agricultural and business training.
- The IRC fosters long-term development by promoting and protecting human rights.
The devastating East Africa drought of 2011 left more than 13 million people in urgent need of food and assistance. The IRC mobilized a multi-faceted aid effort across Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.