Somalia: 750,000 People Facing Imminent Starvation As Famine Spreads: UN

5 Sep

The United Nations has said famine has spread to six out of eight regions in southern Somalia with 750,000 people facing imminent starvation.

The UN says 750,000 people face imminent starvation

The UN says 750,000 people face imminent starvation

Famine has spread to six out of eight regions in southern Somalia, with 750,000 people facing imminent starvation and hundreds of people are dying each day despite a ramping up of aid relief.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Mark Bowden said the Bay region has been declared a famine area, becoming the sixth region of Somalia to slip into famine since the UN’s initial declaration of famine in the country in July.

Around 4 million Somalis, or 53% of the population, are unable to meet their food needs.

Chief technical adviser for the UN Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit Grainne Moloney said hundreds of people are dying each day and at least half of them are children.

She said she expected the remaining regions of southern Somalia to slip into famine by the end of the year.

Aid agencies are only able to get food aid to 1m of those in need because the al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab rebel group, which controls much of the south, will not allow food shipments in.

“The rate of malnutrition (among children) in Bay region is 58 percent. This is a record rate of acute malnutrition,” said Ms Moloney.

Famine exists where at least 20% of households cannot access enough food, over 30% are acutely malnourished and two people per 10,000 die every day, according to the United Nations.

The Horn of Africa has been experiencing its worst drought in decades, affecting parts of Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and even Uganda.

www.concern.net

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