We have been here before. In 2011, a famine in Somalia killed over a quarter of a million people, partly because the international community was too slow to respond (UN OCHA)
“The drought has wiped out everything, and if the survivors don’t get urgent humanitarian assistance they are likely to also die,” said Luuq district’s Local Administrator, Commissioner Ali Kadiye Mohamed. (UN OCHA)
What you need to know about the Somalia FamineAn estimated 2.9 million people are urgently need food assistance
Some 6.2 million people—half of the country’s population—need humanitarian assistance to survive. This is a staggering increase from the 5 million people who were in need just six months ago.
As clean water becomes scarcer and more expensive, people are resorting to unsafe water sources, which is leading to outbreaks of cholera and other waterborne diseases. The initiation of rains will actually cause cases to rise.
Children are suffering the most in this crisis. Almost 1 million children will be acutely malnourished this year, including 185,000 who could die soon if they do not receive urgent medical treatment
Source UN OCHA
Children are bearing the brunt of this horrible situation. Parents are struggling to feed their children, with nearly half of the country’s under-five population likely to suffer from acute malnutrition by June.
Penny Appeal Australia has partnered with local community members on the ground to provide Urgent Food and Water Aid to the families and children in Somalia.
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The lack of rainfall has led to widespread crop failure and livestock dying due to the lack of food and water.
It is projected that, by the summer of this year, 350,000 of the 1.4 million severely malnourished Somali children will perish!
“My baby is only seven months old, but she has gone without milk for months.”
Fatouma Ankule, 20, and her family lost all their livestock (50 shoats and 40 cattle) to the drought. Forced to leave their homes, they found shelter in an IDP camp in Ethiopia’s Gode district. (Source UN OCHA)
“We lost our only livelihood and now we depend on donations and food aid,” said Fatouma. “My baby is only seven months old, but she has gone without milk for months. I am worried about her health.” (UN OCHA)
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.”Al-Tirmidhi
A country in dire need
Due to this tragic situation, 70% of school-age children are not attending school. Schools are forced to close due to severe drought!
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Carcasses of animals are strewn all over roads – dead goats, donkeys and camels. Somali families usually rely on raising and selling animals for a living, making this situation more catastrophic.
The prices for food and water are surging, forcing thousands of villagers to flee to urban centres in search of relief.