Our colleagues in Somalia have recently distributed food aid to over 900,000 people in an environment increasingly affected by armed violence.
Thankfully, heavy rains have fallen in southern Somalia since October and harvesting is expected to start at the end of January. However, higher than average acute malnutrition rates continue to be the norm, particularly in the country's south.
Hilary Floate is head nutritionist for the ICRC in Somalia. She explains our decision to extend nutrition, health, water and sanitation and food distribution programs in the country starting last June, and speaks about the work that has been carried out since.
Ms. Floate also reminds us that despite the upcoming harvest and significant efforts by humanitarian actors, life remains incredibly difficult for thousands of Somali families. While some regions will have a decent harvest next month, acute malnutrition rates are, sadly, expected to peak later in the year.