Somalia: Droughts and livelihood consequence

The Somali Media for Environment, Science Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) is today circulating the latest reports from the frontline views on famine in Somalia. The current drought situation continues to cause displacement, particularly of the pastoralist communities in various parts of the country.

On July 22, 2011 the United Nations declared an statement dedicating that famine exists in two regions of southern Somalia: southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle. Across the country and UN also stated that nearly half of the Somali populations are in crisis.

The United States of America was also issued an statement explained that they were deeply concerned by the humanitarian emergency in the Horn of Africa on July 20, 2011 The United States is the largest bilateral donor of emergency assistance to the eastern Horn of Africa and they already responded with over $383 million in food and non-food emergency assistance this year alone.

Apart from the above mentioned dilemma and supports, the United Nations along with the Famine Early Warning System and the self-elected Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit-Somalia (FSNAU) issued yesterday on August 3rd, 2011 a statement stating that Famine spreads to more areas in southern Somalia.

The FSNAU warns that unless there is a massive increase in the humanitarian response, the famine will rapidly spread to more areas in the south. Somalia is currently facing the most serious food and nutrition crisis in the world in terms of both scale and severity. The need to scale up humanitarian operations to save lives is of upmost urgency.

The Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) for Somalia, Mark Bowden said that the latest information “confirms our concerns over the increasing severity of the crisis facing Somalia; especially IDPs and the urgency of scaling up our actions. The declaration of famine in Mogadishu reflects the massive influx of people into the city in the last two months and the need to redouble our efforts to improve conditions.”

The Secretary General of the African Federation of Environmental Journalists and the Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) Mr. Daud Abdi Daud also said that the latest information “needs to take a close look by the international community and donors because in one way or another related lack of liability can boost the ongoing famine in Somalia and it also confirms the existence of some aid prowling.”

The above worried words from Mr. Daud comes after when he was spent two days in Liboya, Ifo and Dagahley camps at the Somalia and Kenya borders. Finally, SOMESHA would like to take a close look how the humanitarian situation is on the way.

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