Back from the Brink: 10 Ways the International Community Must Address Somalia’s Humanitarian Crisis

Report for Islamic Relief (February 2012)

Seven months on from the declaration of the first famine of the 21st century, this report sets out the urgent action that the international community needs to take to prioritise saving lives and rebuilding livelihoods in Somalia. Over 2 million people – nearly a third of the population – are unable to meet essential food and non-food needs. Among the key factors exacerbating the crisis is a collective failure by all parties to the conflict to support unimpeded humanitarian access to those most in need. Aid has become politicised, the Kenyan military intervention is hampering relief efforts, aid levels have been inconsistent, early warnings have been ignored and there is a lack of investment in long-term solutions.

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