From the field - A year after drought, too many Somalis vulnerable

A year after drought, too many Somalis vulnerable - Displaced women near Mogadishu - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Ismail Taxta

A year after drought, too many Somalis vulnerable - Displaced women near Mogadishu - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Ismail Taxta

In 2011, drought in the Horn of Africa triggered a serious food crisis in Somalia. Humanitarian agencies, including the ICRC, responded with massive relief operations, at least in the areas they could access.

Since, our Somalia team has provided food, seeds, fertilizer and tools to over two million people in central Somalia and in Puntland. A second round of distributions ended two weeks ago.

Despite these relief efforts, rain and the good harvest of last January and February, many Somalis remain malnourished.

Patrick Vial, ICRC head of delegation in Somalia, explains that the problem is particularly acute in the center and south of the country, where drought is compounded by armed conflict and limited access by humanitarian organizations.