Somalia is facing its worst drought in four decades. Three years of little or no rain have led to major food shortages and the situation has worsened dramatically as the conflict in Ukraine hikes food prices catastrophically. Pray for the six million people facing high levels of acute food insecurity and those who are struggling to afford food as prices have risen by 36% since the start of the Ukraine conflict. Pray for healthcare workers treating a growing number of people – especially children – with malnutrition, as well as diarrhoea and suspected cholera, as the threat of famine escalates.
Ask God to touch the hearts of Christians in northern Ethiopia so that they would be willing to share God’s love with the Somalis in the southern provinces. Pray for his love to break down any cultural divisions.
Since September, they have been experiencing a severe drought, receiving less than 30% of their usual rainfall -- the worst short-rain season recorded in decades, causing exacerbated food and water shortages. Pray for churches and Christians in these countries to continue to spread light and hope during this time. Pray for divine insight and guidance as they navigate Covid restrictions, government mandates, and other challenges. Pray for our LIA teams as they partner and walk closely with people in local communities.
The ongoing conflict, as well as droughts & floods, trigger food insecurity in Somalia. Children, especially those living in Internally Displaced People camps, are not getting enough food. Pray for malnourished children, that they will receive the care & treatment urgently needed. Medair is supporting health facilities and Care Group models within local communities. Pray that more children can be reached through our work.
There are nearly 11 million ethnic Somalis in Somalia. They are a very individualistic people, sharply divided into clans, and fights often occur between the clans, resulting in many deaths. Somalis enjoy telling stories and learning history through their poetry. Pray that many Somalis will come to know Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life. And ask God to grant favour and wisdom to mission agencies focusing on the Somalis.
The capital, Mogadishu, has been a makeshift home for those fleeing war-torn provinces, with nearly half a million people displaced. The particularly heavy seasonal rains ‘Deyr’ have brought flooding with farmland, infrastructure and roads destroyed, prolonging the struggle of the already vulnerably displaced people. Medair is providing health and nutrition services, water and sanitation to flood-affected families. Pray for emergency provisions such as shelter and hygiene supplies, and water treatment equipment to be distributed to those in desperate need.
It’s estimated that 10 million people are suffering in a crisis that is mainly affecting parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. UNICEF is warning that 2 million children are malnourished in the Horn of Africa, and half a million could soon die or suffer long-lasting mental or physical damage. The changing climate in East Africa over recent years has had an adverse impact on livestock herders, who have seen the value of their animals drop and their markets collapse, resulting in dwindling food-purchasing power. This has come at a time when staple food prices around the world have risen massively: for example the price of white maize at one Kenyan market has risen by 58 per cent in a year. The Kenyan government has declared a national disaster in the north of the country, where several years of poor rains have left 3.5 million people vulnerable. Pray for a concerted international response to the crisis that prevents it escalating and for God’s strength to fortify those experiencing severe hunger, particularly children.
Population: 14,317,996 (2017)
Official languages: Somali, Arabic
GDP (PPP) per capita: $400 (2014 est.)
Life expectancy: 51 years
Religions: 100% Muslim, <1% other religions