Why World Vision is in Somalia

Somalia was torn by 20 long years of civil war, resulting in it becoming one of the poorest countries in the world. Its socioeconomic statistics are among the worst in the world. Water supply coverage is low for both drinking and domestic use, particularly in rural areas. Somalia is experiencing a serious hunger crisis, just five years after drought and conflict killed an estimated 260,000 people, half of them children under age 5. 6.7 million people need lifesaving aid, with more than 1 million of them in severe food insecurity. The recent election of Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is an encouraging sign of progress in a fragile state that hasn’t had a fully functioning national government in more than 30 years.

Prayer Requests from Somalia

World Vision's staff in Somalia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • Pray for life saving aid to reach those in need as families face a serious hunger crisis on the brink of famine. Pray for the protection of women and children in this crisis, as they often suffer the additional injustice of violence, abuse and child marriage as a result of the primary crisis.


News from Somalia

From the Field

Africa hunger, famine facts: What you need to know

In the midst of all the conflicting headlines you see each day, you’ve probably heard about the Africa hunger crisis. Here are a few basic facts about drought, famine, malnutrition, and hunger in Africa as well as how you can help World Vision respond.