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Millions of people have been forced from their homes after decades of extreme droughts and violence from armed extremist group al Shabaab in Somalia. Over 735,000 of these people – mostly women and children – have fled from violence in neighbouring countries and 2,6 million people have been internally displaced.
Shalle, a 53-year-old Somali refugee, used to plant tobacco, maize, tomatoes and sesame along the riverbanks near his family home.
“There was a time when we would cultivate the farms. The river would rise and flow and we survived. Now, the river is dry and there is no rain."
With al Shabaab extorting money, forcing residents to grow crops that fail and forcibly recruiting child soldiers, Shalle and his family were forced to flee.
UNHCR is doing everything we can to help refugees and internally displaced people in and from Somalia by providing protection assistance and support by ensuring access to adequate health care, by providing shelter and legal support and through prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
But as Somalia faces its worst harvest since 2011, putting more than 2 million people at risk of severe hunger, we urgently need your help to reach these people before the worsening drought and violence.
Your donation helps us provide aid to refugees and displaced people in and from Somalia.
Never before in history have there been so many people forced to flee war, violence or persecution. More than 100 million men, women and children are desperately in need of a safer future. They are people just like you and me. UNHCR is helping them, but we cannot do this alone.
In order to continue to provide life-saving aid, we are in urgent need of more financial support. Lack of funding means that children are going without food, sick people are not receiving adequate care, and schools are not being built.
Your contribution to the work of UNHCR is needed more than ever.
Thanks to a monthly contribution, refugees receive our help
Faster: More predictable income allows us to respond immediately when a crisis occurs, ensuring that UNHCR is always the first to come to the aid of refugees in need.
In a more durable manner: Thanks to monthly donations, UNHCR can go beyond short-term emergency aid, allowing us to plan ahead and to find durable solutions for and with refugees.
In a more efficient way: Long-term, predictable income allows UNHCR to do what it does best, and that’s saving lives, protecting fundamental rights and building better futures. It lowers administrative costs and allows us to spend less time and energy on raising funds.
With a monthly contribution, you can
Make a bigger difference: A monthly contribution helps save lives in the short term but also helps build better futures in the long run.
Have full control: You can very easily increase, decrease or cancel your monthly donation by emailing us at [email protected].
Save time: From the moment you create your monthly donation, your contribution will automatically be deducted through a secured transfer and you will be making a real difference every month.
Be very proud: You are there for people forced to flee when they need you most.
We’d love to keep you up to date on the situation of people forced to flee around the world, on how UNHCR is protecting them, and on how you can get involved. All you need to do when you are completing your donation is to check the box “Yes, I would like to receive UNHCR news about the impact of my support on the daily lives of refugees and their future.”
Yes you can! If you wish to make a direct donation to our bank account, please find all relevant information on this webpage:
- NL: https://www.unhcr.org/be/nl/rechtstreekse-donatie-unhcr
- FR: https://www.unhcr.org/be/don-par-virement-bancaire-unhcr
Please note that if you make a direct donation and wish to stay informed about the work of UNHCR and the impact of your donation, you will need to register separately for our newsletter:
Your money helps UNHCR save lives, safeguard fundamental rights and build better futures for people forced to flee their homes. UNHCR staff work as closely as possible with and for people forced to flee, with 90% of our workforce based in field locations.
Transparency is key for us so we’ve bundled everything in our publicly available Global Report.
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Please note that donations to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, may not be tax deductible depending on the country you are in.