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"I was worried I might lose him" - Ayan, Somalia


In 2011 over 260,000 people died in famine stuck Somalia, half of them were children. Image: Act Alliance

In 2011 over 260,000 people died in famine stuck Somalia, half of them were children. Image: Act Alliance

Monday 20 February 2017 marked the declaration of famine in South Sudan, the first country to declare famine in over six years. The last country to have been affected by a famine, six years before, was Somalia. In 2011, Somalia faced a famine that led to over 260,000 people losing their lives.

All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain met quickly and decided to launch an appeal to respond as soon as possible in South Sudan but also to help avert famine in other countries like Somalia that were identified by the United Nations to be on the verge of disaster.

July 2017 update

In Somalia giving to the East Africa Famine Appeal is enabling All We Can to support nutritional health treatment and health education for over 30,000 people. This includes the distribution of vitamins, curative treatments for children with diarrhoea and malaria, nutritional supplements and vaccinations.

Many of the worst affected people attending the clinics are children under the age of five who are more susceptible to acute malnutrition.

May 2017 update

The United Nations say the world is facing one of the biggest humanitarian disasters since World War II. Somalia is one of a number of countries that has been flagged as being extremely vulnerable to the threat of famine.

Thanks to the generosity of supporters All We Can has started responding to the immediate and urgent needs in the country through its experienced humanitarian aid partners in the region. These partners are focused on responding through the provision of nutritional treatment. So far over £90,000 has allocated to our work in Somalia.

Ayan and Adan's story

When Ayan arrived at a health clinic supported by one of All We Can's partners in Somalia she looked tired and dejected. She was holding her son Adan (pictured here) in her arms.

When her little boy first became sick Ayan had hoped prayers would heal him, but he continued to get weaker. One of Ayan's relatives told her about the clinic and informed her they would be able to help her son at no cost.

Ayan travelled for seven hours from her village to reach the clinic. She said, "I was warmly welcomed. The nurse asked about my child's illness and I told her that Adan was sick as he had not been eating well".

After two months of nutrition treatment her son was able to return home.

Yet in their village, there was little food or water for them, and soon Adan was ill again. They travelled back to the clinic, and when he recovered, Ayan decided to move to a nearby displacement camp instead of returning home. “I prefer to live in the camp,” she said. “In my village, there is no food or water, but in the camp you only have to worry about food.”

Ayan is thankful for all the help she has received for her child. At the camp, she occasionally finds work at a local market to earn money to help feed her family but the road ahead will not be easy for them, or for so many others in Somalia.

One of All We Can's international humanitarian aid partners in Somalia, Medair, is working in South Central Somalia to provide families like Ayan's with nutrition and health support.

Pray for Somalia

Please pray:

Drought affected families. The primary driver of food insecurity in Somalia is drought. In the past year crops have failed leaving people with nothing to eat.

That nutritional treatment will reach those who need it most.

For All We Can's humanitarian aid partners and their staff who are working in difficult and unstable conditions.

That the international community will continue to provide the immediate assistance and longer-term support needed by the people of Somalia and that famine will be averted.

To give online to the East Africa Famine Appeal and to continue to help people living in communities in countries including Somalia visit

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