The United Nations has called for increased humanitarian assistance to prevent famine in Somalia at a time of severe drought and water shortages in parts of the country.
A statement issued by Adam Abdelmoula, Somalia’s humanitarian co-ordinator, warned that severe malnutrition will increase if the drought response plan is not significantly improved.
“The humanitarian situation in Somalia is deteriorating rapidly. “Already 1.5 million children under the age of five are suffering from malnutrition, and we expect that 356,000 of these children will not survive by the end of September this year,” Abdelmoula said in a statement. issued in Mogadishu.
The UN official made the remarks in the southern Somali town of Dolow, witnessing the effects of the drought, during a joint visit by Somalia’s Special Representative for Drought Relief Abdirahman Abdishakur.
“We have seen people coming to Dolow to seek help because they can find aid agencies here,” said Abdirahman Abdishakur during a visit to the Kabasa IDP camp.