With a third of the population still in need of aid, Somalia is clearly in severe crisis
Recently, statistics coming out of the country show signs of improvements, and this is celebrated as a success. But “better” is not the same as “success” in a context where most aspects of everyday life fall far below acceptable living standards.
We should measure progress against minimum standards, not gains made against an already terrible situation. Neither should we compare degrees of desperation across countries.
Our organisations are working on the ground and know the reality. And it’s not good. Only 50% of Somalia’s humanitarian funding needs were met in the last year. Funding needs to be able to respond to uncertainty and be invested in good time. There is a very real risk that people still in need will not be reached and those already helped will fall back into crisis.
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