Somalia on the verge of famine

Somalia on the verge of famineFrom SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – SOME 71 000 children, aged under five, at high risk of death from severe malnutrition, are among 6 million people in need of humanitarian access in Somalia.
This is the aftermath of relentless drought that has left 363 000 children malnourished.
The starvation is deteriorating from a point of crisis to full scale emergency in the absence of adequate food, water, livestock and healthcare.
As the famine looks increasingly likely in rural areas, a rapid increase in the number of households arriving at urban centres in search of much-needed relief has been noted
The number of internally displaced persons is projected to increase to three million by June.
With the burden vastly exceed the funding available, agencies fear the worst.
“The country hangs dangerously at the cusp of a famine,” said International Office of Migration Somalia head, Gerry Waite.
Waite fears a repeat of Somalia’s devastating 2010 drought when 260 000 people died.
“We must do everything we can to stop the worst from happening.”
United Nations office of humanitarian affairs decried reduced rural employment, widespread shortage of water and pasture and rapidly rising food prices in the East African country of 11 million.

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