Somalia Updates: Looming Famine
Somalia is facing a huge famine crisis soon; that is according to Save the Children. 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. Women support organizations have become dysfunctional owing to the fact that most of the donors and funders left the region – and so, you expect women to suffer the most.
The UN has also officially declared famine several parts of South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, and Somalia. 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.
And Somalia has been placed in category one emergency by Save the Children organization, considering the fact that the country has numerous life-threatening situations, one if which is the war episodes that have ripped the area. Healthcare workers at Save the Children clinics and healthcare services in Puntland, one of the hardest hit areas in Somaliland has reported the immense number of malnutrition in regions coming through their doors. An approximated 363,000 children have received treatment to deal avert the malnutrition, 71,000 of them severe cases. 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 should be provided to this austerely drought-stricken country. The United Nations lately forewarned that more than 50,000 children are probable to face death.
Somali food shortage has something that needs to be acted upon fast; and if nothing is done, there can be more detrimental problems.