Somali feeding centres flooded amid worst drought

somalia mapFrom SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – THE worst drought in decades has doubled the influx of children at feeding centres for malnourished minors in Somalia.
Among the most inundated is the facility run by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Baidoa, southwest of the country where 230 patients under the age of five are now fed.
A year ago at this time, it had 100 patients.
Nationwide, the ICRC and Somali Red Crescent Society have seen an 80 percent increase in the number of malnourished children treated at its stabilization centres and clinics this year compared to last year.
This is an increase from 12 710 children from 7 086 this time last year.
Jordi Raich, the head of delegation for ICRC’s Somalia office, said the humanitarian community must work as fast as it could to help the 6 million people in need in Somalia, including the 360 00 acutely malnourished children.
“The humanitarian community cannot repeat the mistakes of Somalia’s 2011 famine,” Raich said.
“A slow and at-times inefficient aid response resulted in too many deaths six years ago.”
The famine killed over 260 000 people, mostly children.
In 1992, another famine claimed 220 000 people.
Somalia’s latest hunger crisis, although worsened by climate, is classified as man-made, with the country suffering tribal wars and terrorism by Islamic sects.
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