The United Nations expects the crisis to worsen and 4.6 million people will need food assistance by May 2022.
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The United Nations is sounding the alarm bells. About one in four people are at risk of severe hunger in Somalia, due to the drought affecting the country, after three seasons of low rainfall and a fourth in sight, the UN warned on Monday (December 20th). The United Nations expects the crisis to worsen and 4.6 million people will need food assistance by May 2022, as the country has not had three rainy seasons with low rainfall. ‘in business for over 30 years.
Shortages of food, water and pasture have already forced 169,000 people to leave their homes, a number that could reach 1.4 million within six months, the UN said in a statement. “It is an incredible disaster that is brewing”Adam Abdelmoula, UN humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, told AFP, estimating that 300,000 children under five were exposed to severe malnutrition in the coming months. “They will die if we don’t help them quickly”, he added, while the UN launched an appeal for contributions of 1.5 billion dollars to finance the response to the crisis.
In recent years, natural disasters, not conflict, have been the main cause of displacement in Somalia, a country ranked among the most vulnerable to climate change. About 7.7 million people, or nearly half of Somalia’s population (15.9 million), will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2022, a 30% increase in one year, according to the UN. The Somali government declared the drought a humanitarian emergency in November.
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