Somalia in Crisis: The Risk and Opportunity for Pastoral Refugees

By Caitlin Allmaier

Last month, the United Nations warned that the food security situation in Somalia has worsened over the past year and that ongoing drought combined with conflict could lead to a repeat of the massive 2011 famine that shook the region. Between 2010 and 2011, over 260,000 people died as a direct result of the famine in Somalia, and over half of those deaths were children under the age of six.

Refugee camps work to mitigate this risk by meeting immediate, basic human needs – food, water, and shelter. However, building long-term capacity and resilience for displaced communities remains a challenge.  Pastoralists, nomadic people who raise livestock on natural pastures, are particularly vulnerable to this threat

Dadaab Refugee Camp

Dadaab Refugee Camp, the largest camp in the world, located at the Kenya-Somalia border

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