Future bleak for drought-hit Somalis
The number of Somalians in need of food aid has soared to over the past six months.
According to a new assessment report released Tuesday, this includes over 300 000 children under five who are acutely malnourished.
Of these, more than 50 000 children are severely malnourished and more vulnerable than any other group.
The latest numbers represent an increase of 300 000 people who are food insecure since the last review in February.
Peter de Clercq, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, said humanitarian partners were ready to scale up response to help families struggling to find food.
However, the Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016 is 32 percent funded and additional resources are urgently required to boost response and on-going efforts to sustainably address malnutrition and access to food, including support to comprehensive durable solutions.
Efforts to reduce levels of vulnerabilities continue to be undermined by irregular weather patterns which have influenced the food and nutrition situation.
Poor rainfall in southern and central Somalia, the breadbasket of the country, has led to food shortages.
– CAJ News
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