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Somaliland Updates: Impending Famine

Somalia is staring at a looming famine crisis in the next few weeks, Save the Children has forewarned. 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. 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 officially declared famine several parts of South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, and Somalia. Of all these, Somalia seems to be facing a more severe food crisis than the other three.

Save the Children has been categorical on this Somalia famine, and it has even dismissed some mild reports that the situations couldn’t be that serious. 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. 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. If aid organizations flex their muscles the hardest, they should know that they stand great chances to salvage situations. 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 healthcare facilities and clinics in Puntland, one of the hardest hit areas in Somalia has indicated the tremendous numbers in malnutrition in areas coming through their doors. An approximated 363,000 children have received treatment to deal avert the malnutrition, 71,000 of them severe cases. Aft that is not all, Somalia Nutrition Cluster has foreseen that the number of malnutrition cases is more likely to increase 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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