General information on Somalia

SOS Children’s Villages stayed in the country to help the Somali people when the majority of international relief organisations left. To this day, the situation in Somalia remains unstable and families continue to struggle to feed themselves and care for their children. The changing security situation makes the work of our organisation extremely challenging.

Waiting for treatment - photo: H. Atkins
Children can grow up in the safety of the SOS Children's Village in Mogadishu  (photo: SOS archives)
Somalia used to be one of Africa’s most prosperous and thriving commercial centres, but years of civil war turned it into one of the world’s poorest and most violent countries. In addition to the fighting, famine and diseases shattered social structures and claimed hundreds of thousands lives.

The country had been without an effective government and international efforts aimed at building a stable Somali administration have been unsuccessful.There was great hope, therefore, when in September 2012, 275 members were sworn into Somalia’s first parliament in over 20 years. However, in spite of the new government’s best efforts, the country continues to face many challenges. According to the 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, Somalia is the lowest scoring country in Africa in the four categories assessed: safety and rule of law; participation and human rights; sustainable economic development; and human development.

Somalia – a precarious place to live

At the kindergarten - photo: SOS Archives
At the kindergarten  (photo: SOS Archives)






SOS Somalia National Office
Buruburu phase 1
Oleleshwa cresent
Tel: +254 20 782104

+254 20 782423

Fax: +254 20 789744