Context

The armed conflict which caused the collapse of the Central Government of Somalia has also destroyed the basic infrastructure that sustained the lives of the people. Hundreds of thousands of people fled the country while almost the same number of people became internally displaced in the country. Although efforts have been made to reinstate the Federal Government of Somalia, there are still no fully functioning state institutions that are capable to respond and address the extremely dire needs of the civil-war affected people.

Almost three decades of lawlessness, long-protracted civil-wars and constant displacements, the negative impact that these have left on the people is hugely disastrous. The most affected of all are the children and the youth who are currently estimated to be almost three quarters of the population. As majority of the youth are without education, skills and employment opportunities, they are vulnerable victims to all types of abuse and inhumane treatments.

Agriculture and the livestock sectors which are the largest contributors to the Somali livelihoods have been badly hit by the civil wars and the successive droughts which caused many people to flee and become internally displaced within the country.

In the light of this bleak reality, it is morally obligatory to anyone with ethical conscience to stand up to support the vulnerable Somali people who are constantly affected by humanitarian crises including armed conflicts, recurrent droughts, food and water shortages and displacements.