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Somalia: Impending Famine Crisis

Somalia is facing a huge famine crisis soon; that is according to Save the Children. Evidences indicate that this time around; we could be looking at greater damages when compared to the 2011 famine that killed more than 260,000 lives.

12 million Somali citizens are likely to be affected, and more than 50, 000 children are facing death soon. What is even more saddening is that there is a huge exit of most of the donors, and the so the region risk getting forgotten. And everyone will suffer great frustrations. Women support groups have been rendered dysfunctional because donors exited; so you can imagine how vulnerable they are.

The UN has also declared an official famine in these four nations; South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, and Somalia. But Somalia is seen as one nation that will face critical damages when compared to the other three.

In fact, according to Save the Children, the suggested situations in this country could be even more catastrophic than indicated in the preliminary reports. And you see, often, food crisis tend to be underestimated; and results could be nothing to write home about after the effects have been witnessed.

“What is evident on the ground today is just but an indication that we are at a tipping point – consider the expressively worsening malnutrition episodes ; you need no rocket science to know that famine isn’t a far-off thing we tend to imagine”, that is straight from the director of Save the Children, Hassan Saadi Noor. Good news is that there are great chances to salvage the situations now, and now than ever. Aid organization has a tiny window for which they can intervene. There are great prospects of averting this disastrous humanitarian crisis.

Somalia has been categorized in category one emergency by Save the Children organization, considering that it is a war-torn country as well as the number of people that are in danger there. Workers at Save the Children clinics and healthcare services in Puntland, one of the hardest hit areas in Somalia has reported significant malnutrition in areas coming through their doors. An approximated 363,000 children have been diagnosed with malnutrition, 71,000 of them severe cases. Somalia Nutrition Cluster has predicted that the number of malnutrition cases is likely to rise to 944,000 cases, with 185,000 severe cases in 2019. Urgent aid must be recommended very fast enough harshly drought-stricken country. The United Nations recently warned that more than 50,000 children are likely to face death.

Somali food shortage is something that needs an urgent address, that is if there are visions to salvage anything.

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