Somalia

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has redoubled its efforts to reach those most in need in Somalia, where it has been working for more than 20 years. The international medical organisation has increased its capacity to treat malnourished children in its nine projects across the country in response to...
For the past few weeks Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in Somalia have been trying to expand their operations despite ongoing violence in the capital and other restrictions. As the number of malnourished children continues to rise, it is clear that more assistance is necessary for the already...
Hussein Sheikh Qassim works in the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Marere, southern Somalia. He spoke to us by phone on 17 August. Today, when we woke up, the skies were covered by dark clouds and we still haven’t seen the sun. Because of the weather, people haven’t brought the sick to...
Somalia has been in a state of war for 20 years. Today, forces of the Transitional Federal Government supported by the African Union Mission for Somalia (AMISOM) are fighting with Al-Shabaab armed group in Mogadishu and other parts of the country. Safe access for international NGOs remains...
David MICHALSKI, emergency coordinator, and Said HASSAN, field coordinator, recently finished their missions in Mogadishu, Somalia. In this interview they describe the humanitarian situation and the first steps of MSF’s response in the capital. “I arrived in Mogadishu with two colleagues on 31 July...
Interview with Mohamed Somane ABDI, MSF Assistant Project Coordinator, Marere, southern Somalia The drought has affected us badly. Marere use to be a farming area but there has been no harvest now for more than two years. You can see the effects of the drought right here in our hospital, where...
Last week, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has sent medical teams and four charter planes carrying 55 tons of medical equipment, medicines and therapeutic food to Mogadishu in response to the crisis in Somalia. In the past weeks, an estimated 100,000 people have fled from south and central Somalia...
Abdi Osman ISSA, supervisor of the inpatient and outpatient departments at MSF’s hospital in Marere, southern Somalia: I can tell you that I have never seen a situation like this in all the years I have been working with MSF. Not only are we seeing malnourished children, we are also seeing adults...
Over 3600 people who have found temporary shelter in the southern-Somali town of Jilib (Lower Juba Valley) received plastic sheeting, mosquito nets and soap. The goods were provided by our team that runs a large therapeutic programme for malnourished children and a hospital in the nearby town of...
In light of the worsening nutritional crisis in Somalia, the international medical aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) urges all parties inside Somalia, neighbouring countries and the international community to significantly improve the assistance to the Somali population in the region...
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