An estimated 1.5 million people are internally-displaced in Somalia. This is due to nearly two-and-a-half decades of armed conflict, livelihood insecurity, drought, and other natural hazards as well as the return of over 22,000 Somali refugees from nearby countries. Weak governance and low levels of socio-economic development have played a significant role in past and current displacement in the country. With half of the population living below the poverty line and insufficient domestic revenue, the country remains dependent on international assistance. However, as political insecurity prevails, few humanitarian actors are present to assist with development, particularly when it comes to addressing education and hygiene needs.

 11,570  Current Refugees

 12,794  Current Asylum Seekers

 1,562,554  Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs)

 70%  of IDPs are women and children.

Primary Countries of Origin: Ethiopian and Somali refugees returning from Kenya and Yemen.




In early 2017, The Unmentionables was invited to participate in a project focused on menstrual hygiene management for women and girls internally displaced within Somalia, in collaboration with World Vision Somalia. The Unmentionables focused on product provision, providing reusable menstrual hygiene kits that will provide coverage for up to three to five years of a woman's period.

Due to political instability and the continued existence of international sanctions on the transfer of funds in and out of Somalia, The Unmentionables wrapped up its Somalian projects in August 2017. We continue to support the Somalian communities who have fled the country in Kenya and Uganda.

 520*  Items Provided

 80  Local Beneficiaries

*based on stock received model. All product distributed in 2017.