For the thousands of displaced families suffering from Somalia’s crippling drought, basic access to clean water is a daily struggle. As the drought worsened recently, Shell has been helping Mercy Corps provide urgent, life-saving support across the country.
This forms part of Shell’s wider efforts to support communities around the world.
Life-saving disaster relief
Shell adopted Mercy Corps as one of its global emergency and disaster relief partners in 2016 in response to the drought affecting thousands of people in Somalia’s Baidoa region.
“The situation is dire,” says Daud Jiran who heads up the disaster relief programme in Somalia for Mercy Corps. “New people are being displaced every day and we are expecting the crisis to become even more severe in the coming months.”
Drought has led to severe water shortages across the country, increasing the price of water by over 20%.
Shell and Mercy Corps have provided clean water, sanitation and food packages, which are also helping to tackle deadly diseases such as acute water diarrhoea and cholera.