Somalia faces the world’s worst crisis in 2023

  • Faced with unprecedented drought and hunger, Somalia tops the IRC’s Emergency Watchlist 2023.
  • Decades of conflict have destroyed systems and infrastructure that would have provided a guardrail against the current crisis.
  • Nearly 7 million people—2 out of every 5 Somalis—are experiencing severe levels of food insecurity as the country faces an impending famine. Thousands have already lost their lives to starvation.
Learn more about the crisis in Somalia.

Country facts

  • Total population: 12.3 million
  • People displaced by crisis: 17 of every 100
  • Rank in 2015 Human Development Index: Not ranked

IRC response

  • Started work in Somalia: 1981
  • People assisted per year: 280,000