EMERGENCY DROUGHT RESPONSE IN SOMALIA

The 2019 rainy season, Gu’ season, in Somalia was significantly drier than expected, causing the region to go deeper into the drought already experienced by millions in the area!

The Horn of Africa experiences four distinct seasons throughout the year, but these seasons are that are quite different from those in North America and most of the West. The seasons are identified by the rainfall, or lack of, that is produced during that time. The first season of the year is the Dry Season, known as Jilal (January – March); followed by the heavy rain season, Gu’ (April – June). Thereafter, come two light rain seasons, known as Hagaa (July – September) and Deyr (October – December).

With the lack of rain during this year’s Gu’ season and an abnormally dry Deyr season in 2018, the people of Somalia and other parts of the Horn of Africa are once again on the verge of a humanitarian disaster due to drought and famine. With these dry conditions comes the prospect of loss of agriculture, loss of livestock, increased susceptibility to disease and severe levels of food insecurity.

The United Nations Office of Humanitarian Affairs predicts that by July 2019, that an overall 5.4 million people in Somalia will be food insecure and over 2.2 million people will be in Crisis and Emergency Levels [1].

Amoud Foundation is the only organization on the ground in Somalia and other countries in the Horn of Africa that is solely focused on providing aid and long-term sufficiency to those suffering in the Horn of Africa. Amoud Foundation provides relief services in the form of Food SecurityClean Water AccessHealth Care and much more! In fact, during the month of Ramadan 2019, Amoud Foundation provided over 2 million meals to displaced people in the Horn of Africa.

Help Amoud Foundation provide Emergency Relief Services in the Horn of Africa by donating towards providing Food, Water, Health Care and General Aid to help us save millions of lives!

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