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Famine in Somalia

Photographer: Dai Kurokawa & Antoine De Ras

 

The UN estimated 3.7 million people, nearly half the Somali population, have been affected by drought-induced famine in addition to insecurity. The famine has now affected 12.4 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

 

Five areas of Somalia are seeing full-scale famine, and the entire south of the country will likely fall into these most extreme conditions in the coming weeks. Thousands have fled to nearby Kenya and Ethiopia, which are themselves suffering drought. Somalia has been hit by 20 years of conflict. A major obstacle that had held up humanitarian access to Somalia's worst-hit regions in the south was removed after the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab abruptly withdrew last week.

 

Nearly half of the Somali children fleeing the war and drought in their country and arriving in refugee camps in neighbouring Kenya suffer from malnutrition, according to the United Nations.

 

The UN‘s refugee agency, UNHCR, warned that it still had less than 45 per cent of the money it needed to carry out relief work in the drought-hit Horn of Africa. The agency had appealed to donors for 145 million dollars.