Somalia Updates: Looming Famine
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.
Credible sources reveal that at least 12 million people are likely to be affected, and more than 50, 000 children are facing death if nothing is done. Unfortunately, the region face the risk of being forgotten since most of the donors did pull out in far too many different directions. Everyone will be affected adversely. Women support groups have been rendered dysfunctional because donors exited; so you can imagine how vulnerable they are.
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. Of all these, Somalia seems to be facing a more severe food crisis than 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. You see, the food crisis in developing nations are easy to overlook, and the results are extremely dire when it comes to delayed attention.
“What is seen today is just but an indication of a tipping ship – look at the significantly worsening malnutrition cases; they tell it all, and famine isn’t something that we should still imagine now, it is real”, that is according to the managing director of Save the Children in the country, 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 come to play now, there are great windows to salvage the situation. There are great prospects of averting this 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. Workers at Save the Children clinics and healthcare services in Puntland, one of the hardest hit areas in Somalia has reported significant malnutrition in areas coming through their doors. An estimated 363,000 children have already suffered malnutrition with 71,000 having been diagnosed with severe malnutrition. Somalia Nutrition Cluster has predicted that the number of malnutrition cases is likely to rise to 944,000 cases, with 185,000 severe cases in 2019. Urgent aid must be recommended very fast enough harshly drought-stricken country. The United Nations recently warned that more than 50,000 children are likely to face death.
Real food shortage is looming – coupled with water supplies, and if nothing something has to be done, it should be now.