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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 residents will not escape this adverse food crisis, and at least 50, 000 children are staring at death on the face. 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. Everyone will be affected adversely. Women support organizations have become dysfunctional owing to the fact that most of the donors and funders left the region – and so, you expect women to suffer the most.

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. You see, food crisis when it comes to developing countries can be underestimated until it is essentially too late.

“What is seen today is just but an indication of a tipping ship – look at the significantly worsening malnutrition cases; they tell it all, and famine isn’t something that we should still imagine now, it is real”, that is according to the managing director of Save the Children in the country, Hassan Saadi Noor. Good news is that there are great chances to salvage the situations now, and now than ever. If aid organizations come to play now, there are great windows to salvage the situation. They have all the time to avert the 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 forecasted that there could even be larger numbers in of malnutrition cases are probable to rise to 944,000 cases, this year, with 185,000 severe cases in 2019. Urgent aid should be provided to this austerely drought-stricken country. The United Nations recently warned that more than 50,000 children are likely to face death.

Real food shortage is looming – coupled with water supplies, and if nothing something has to be done, it should be now.

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