Pictures from the frontlines: Saving lives in Somalia

6 Jan 2012

25 July 2011, Mogadishu, Somalia: At a feeding centre in Mogadishu, mothers patiently wait with their children to receive food. Credit: OCHA/Ari Gaitanis
A glimpse into the situation on the ground in Mogadishu, where aid workers are braving daily insecurity to help people survive

Half a year after the declaration of famine, Somalia continues to face one of the most severe humanitarian crises in the world. Four million people still need humanitarian assistance, and insecurity is severely hampering the ability of aid agencies to deliver.

Nonetheless, many humanitarian workers remain on the ground, helping people wherever they can - and braving some of the most difficult conditions on Earth.

In these images, we see some of the daily reality of saving lives in the Somali capital Mogadishu.