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How aid groups work in Somalia and region come famine or violence | 

Oxfam, Wikimedia Commons photo

Oxfam workers distribute aid in a Kenyan camp near the Somalia border.

Since the ongoing famine across the Horn of Africa has made Somalia, once more, a top news story, I thought, over the next few days, it would be good to take a look at some of the organizations working there.

There are dozens of aid and development type agencies working in Somalia and the region, of course, so this will be just a glimpse of what has been done there and of what work continues even when the region isn’t in the headlines.

At the bottom of this post, I am again running a list of some of the many organizations that are working to help the 12-million plus people currently facing famine across the region.

Today’s post looks at IREX, an international, nonprofit agency that “enables local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities.”

It was formed in 1968 as the International Research & Exchanges Board by some of the top U.S. universities to administer exchanges with the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. IREX now works, or partners with other agencies, in over 100 countries.

The following text and video is taken from the IREX website, and is just one example of its efforts in Somalia:

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