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Hear my voice: Somalis on living in a humanitarian crisis

In 2011-2012, drought and conflict caused widespread food shortages resulting in a malnutrition peak well above emergency levels in Doctors Without BordersĀ (MSF) programs, and spurred the displacement of tens of thousands of people within south central Somalia and to Ethiopia and Kenya.

Soaring prices for domestic and international food, insecurity, and the effects of denied humanitarian access by armed groups exacerbated the crisis that the United Nations declared a famine. Restrictive international donor policies including the criminalization of aid provision by some governments in some of the worst affected areas controlled by insurgents further hampered humanitarian response efforts leaving large gaps in aid provision.