Drought breeds aggression among Somali kids

Somali boysFrom SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – THE worst drought suffered by Somalia in years has left severe emotional and psychological scars among children.
A million among these minors are at risk of increased violence, forced labour and separation from their families.
The imminent crisis comes as the impact of the drought has gone far beyond life threatening shortages of essentials like food and water.
High levels of psychological distress faced by children who are exhibiting unusual symptoms like bouts of crying and screaming have been identified.
It is said more than half the 600 children surveyed had become “more aggressive.”
Violence against children was also said to be on the up by nearly two-thirds of children and 47 percent of adults. 30 percent of all respondents said that children were more at risk of sexual violence, like rape and molestation, since the drought began.
“These findings are deeply distressing, revealing that beneath the visible crisis, children are also facing enormous psychological challenges as they battle hunger, uncertainty and overwhelming levels of stress,” Save the Children Somalia director, Hassan Saadi Noor, said.
Across Somalia, which includes the autonomous region of Somaliland, 6,2 million people have been devastated by the drought including almost 3 million children, of which more than 360 000 are suffering from acute malnutrition.
Drought is currently devastating Somalia, as well as neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia. Across the three countries, which make up the Horn of Africa, nearly 15 million are facing food and water shortages.
CAJ News

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Posted by on May 4 2017. Filed under Africa & World, Featured, National, News, Regional. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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