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article imageFamine inches closer as drought and hunger in Somalia worsens

By Karen Graham     Feb 27, 2017 in World
Mogadishu - International aid on a large scale is needed to avert an imminent disaster unfolding in Somalia. With two years of drought in an already arid region, food insecurity, and internal violence and conflict, Somalia is sinking into famine.
The United Nations announcement of a famine in Somalia is not something the global organization takes lightly. Famine represents the most serious food insecurity situation in the world today in terms of both scale and severity, according to aid organization, Oxfam.
“Famine does not arrive suddenly or unexpectedly,” said Oxfam’s Humanitarian Director Nigel Timmins. “It comes after months of procrastination and ignored warnings. It is a slow agonizing process, driven by callous national politics and international indifference.”
The UN has warned of "possible famine" in Somalia as a severe drought has pushed nearly 3 ...
The UN has warned of "possible famine" in Somalia as a severe drought has pushed nearly 3 million people to the edge of starvation
MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB, AFP/File
According to the UN's humanitarian office, an estimated 5.0 million Somalis out of a population of 10 million are in need of humanitarian aid. There are about "363,000 acutely malnourished children in need of urgent treatment and nutrition support, including 71,000 who are severely malnourished," said the U.S. Agency for International Development's Famine Early Warning Systems Network, according to the Associated Press.
Years of drought and accompanying food insecurity have only exacerbated an already volatile political situation in Somalia. There is fighting among clans for access to scarce resources such as pasture and water, coupled with terror attacks by the al-Shabab militia, forcing millions of people to flee their home regions.
A pastoralist in northern Somalia  a region hit hard by drought. He lost almost half of his sheep fl...
A pastoralist in northern Somalia, a region hit hard by drought. He lost almost half of his sheep flock that originally numbered 70.
UNICEF/Sebastian Rich
The political instability in Somalia has affected humanitarian organizations, forcing many to set up stations in safe locations, forcing starving people to travel great distances for help. The UN estimates one billion dollars will be needed to feed the over five million people impacted by the drought and food insecurity.
Today, Somalia's capital, Mogadishu is overcrowded with thousands of refugees who have fled their homes and dead livestock and crops, searching for food and water. Many mothers carry their malnourished children in their arms, hoping they will find an aid station before death catches up, overwhelming local and international aid agencies.
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