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Somalia: Impending Famine Crisis

Somalia is facing a huge famine crisis soon; that is according to Save the Children. It is estimated that the impending famine is likely to be more destructive than the 2011 famine that leads to loss of more than 260,000 lives.

12 million Somali citizens are likely to be affected, and more than 50, 000 children are facing death soon. Unfortunately, the region face the risk of being forgotten since most of the donors did pull out in far too many different directions. And everyone will suffer – children, women and men alike. What is more, even women empowering organizations have exited the region and so there is a real danger of women losing their dignity as well.

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 you see on the ground is suggestive of the fact that we are at the tipping point – significantly worsening malnutrition cases says it all, and that famine isn’t far off we imagine”, that is according to the director of Save the Children, Hassan Saadi Noor. And the great news is that there are a lot of chances to save the situations now, and that is to act now, not tomorrow. Aid organization has a tiny window for which they can intervene. You see, there are great prospects of preventing such a great humanitarian crisis.

Save the Children has categorized Somalia in category one emergency, looking at the fact that there are numerous life-threatening situations such as war. Healthcare workers at Save the Children clinics and healthcare services in Puntland, one of the hardest hit areas in Somaliland has reported the immense number of malnutrition in regions coming through their doors. An approximated 363,000 children have received treatment to deal avert the 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 should be provided to this austerely drought-stricken country. The United Nations lately forewarned that more than 50,000 children are probable 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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