Somalia faces malnutrition crisis

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Somalia faces malnutrition crisis

Severe drought leaves nearly a third of children acutely malnourished in some areas and pushes up food prices

Xan Rice in Galkayo

Thursday 3 February 2011 13.58 GMT

Severe drought in Somalia has left nearly one in three children acutely malnourished in some areas double the normal emergency threshold and caused a sharp rise in food prices.

An estimated 2.4 million people about a third of Somalia’s population require humanitarian aid after the failure of recent rains, according to the UN. This figure is up from 2 million six months ago.

Though fighting continues in many areas of the country, drought has overtaken insecurity as the main reason for people being displaced.

In the most striking sign of the emerging crisis, the exodus from conflict-racked Mogadishu in recent years has reversed, with thousands of people leaving the countryside for the capital in search of food and water over the past two months. With widespread livestock deaths reported, other families are selling their remaining possessions to raise money to travel to refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia.

“It’s a very worrying situation, and there may still be worse to come,” Mark Bowden, the UN humanitarian co-ordinator for Somalia, has said during a visit to the country. “The high malnutrition rates among children mean that there will be deaths due to the drought.”

To read the full article, click here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/03/somalia-faces-malnutrition-emergency


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