Severe drought leaves millions of families at risk in Somalia

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Severe drought leaves millions of families at risk in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least 4 million people in Somalia have been severely exposed to hunger following a severe drought in Somalia, a country that also faces a myriad of challenges, including, but not limited to, threat from Alshabaab.

Millions of families are now struggling to obtain basic items such as food and water, making it virtually impossible for them to survive the harsh climate changes and economic times.

Reports indicate that the Galgaduud region of Galmadug state in central Somalia is one of the most severely affected areas in the country. Local authorities have consistently requested support from the federal government and international partners.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates [FAO] also indicate that the number of people facing the crisis could reach 4.6 million, or nearly a third of the country’s population, by May of next year.

Somalia, a war-torn country, is becoming increasingly vulnerable to crises as it has experienced more than 30 climatic hazards since 1990, including 12 droughts and 19 floods, the consequences of which have always been severe.

The drought comes after opposition candidates accused incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo of diverting attention from serious issues of national importance to his own selfish interests. Somalia has still not concluded the electoral exercise.

FAO last week called on international partners to speed up food shipments to affected families, noting that the issue needs to be urgently addressed. A number of countries have reportedly started working with local authorities to resolve the tragedy.

There are reports that Alshabaab activists have started giving food to vulnerable families in order to attract them. The militants control large swathes of rural central and southern Somalia.

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