- Droughts and high food prices have had a deadly impact in Somaliland. Malnutrition is rampant. Livestock have died off in the millions. Water is extremely scarce. As pastoralist families lose their herds and exhaust their traditional coping mechanisms, they have little choice but to move to urban areas, to camps where they live in poverty and place a serious burden on host communities.
Meanwhile, many families have fled to Somaliland to escape conflict in southern Somalia and other surrounding areas. They too live in camps or with relatives and strain the limited resources that exist. Despite their high level of need, displaced families have limited access to health care or trained health professionals.