Somalia appeal seeks $928 million for 3.2 million Somalis in needListen /
The United Nations is seeking $927.5 million in assistance for Somalia in 2014 to support more than 3 million people affected by a protracted crisis.
A three-year appeal for Somalia was developed for the 2013-2015 period to respond to humanitarian needs, build resilience and dovetail with the recently developed New Deal development framework. One year after the Somalia appeal was launched in Mogadishu, humanitarian agencies have revised the plan to reflect the changes in need and operational context.
According to the UN Office f the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there has been some improvement in the humanitarian situation. Somalia is nowhere near the famine conditions that devastated the country in 2011. For the first time in five years, the number of people in need of life-saving assistance reduced from just over 1 million to 870,000 reflecting modest gains in food security in Somalia in 2013.
However, more needs to be done to continue and consolidate gains. Much of the progress remains fragile and can be thwarted by shocks related to climate, conflict and economy.
Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Philippe Lazzarini said "Aid organizations in Somalia responded rapidly to humanitarian emergencies in 2013, vaccinating millions in response to polio, responding to people devastated by floods and the tropical storm and advocating for protection of survivors of abuse. But we can and must do more to build resilience."
Donn Bobb, United Nations.