MSF teams are running 13 medical-nutritional programs throughout south and central Somalia, but the intricacies of clan rivalries, the absence of an effective government, and general insecurity make it very difficult to reach the level of assistance that is needed.
The effects of ongoing drought in the Horn of Africa region have intensified the situation in Somalia, already precarious due to 20 years of violent conflict: food prices have gone up, livestock are dying, and humanitarian aid in the country is scarce. MSF's Marere Hospital in southern Somalia is the only health facility in the area. A Somali medical worker from Marere described the current crisis.
Somali refugees escaping the conflict in their country continue to arrive en masse in Dadaab, Kenya. Three camps now hold close to four times the number of people they were built for; collectively they form one of the largest refugee camps in the word. And yet newly arrived families can no longer get inside.
Just across the Somali border lies a complex of overcrowded refugee camps filled with shelters made of twigs, reeds, and whatever scraps inhabitants can find. Each month, about 5,000 new people arrive at the camps, and must carve out space outside the official boundaries. Without access to adequate shelter, food, clean water and sanitation, they are exposed and vulnerable.
In this edition, listen to reports on new strategies to combat malaria and MSF’s response to the devastation wrought by successive hurricanes hitting Haiti. In the top story, hear how thousands of Somalis and Ethiopians fleeing war and destitution are undertaking a perilous journey aboard illegal smugglers’ boats to cross the Gulf of Aden.
In this special edition, we focus on the deteriorating situation for civilians and medical workers in Mogadishu, Somalia. Somalia has been wracked by violence for nearly 16 years now. But the past months has seen some of the worst fighting ever in the capital, Mogadishu. Access to medical care and assistance for civilians and displaced persons in and around the war-ravaged Somali capital has decreased alarmingly in the past few months.
In this edition, you'll hear reports on the floods in Somalia, the blurring of lines between military and humanitarian activities in the Horn of Africa, and an MSF study of measles epidemics that may change the way health agencies respond to future outbreaks. Also a report on the intensifying conflict along Chad's eastern border with Sudan.