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Somalia: Impending Famine Crisis

Somalia is on the spot for yet another immense plight, and impending famine – Save the Children has recently warned. And this increasingly terrifying food crisis in the Horn of Africa could be far worse than the 2011 famine catastrophe that took away approximated 260,000 lives.

12 million Somali citizens are likely to be affected, and more than 50, 000 children are facing death soon. And you see, frustrations are so profound with little hope remaining; especially now that a lot of donors exited the region lately. 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.

And this impending doom hasn’t escaped the UN watch; and already, the same has declared famine in three other countries; that is South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen. But Somalia is thought to be one country that will be hit really hard when compared to the other three.

In fact, Save the Children, has gone ahead to shade more light on this and even suggested circumstances could be even more destructive than reported in most quarters. 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. Fortunately, all isn’t lost; there are great chances to save the nation, and that is to act now. If aid organizations flex their muscles the hardest, they should know that they stand great chances to salvage situations. They have all the time to avert the disastrous 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 recently warned that more than 50,000 children are likely 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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