Aid workers are calling the humanitarian disaster in Somalia the Children’s Famine.
Every 11 weeks in Somalia, ten percent of the country’s under-fives are dying from the effects of malnutrition. The lives of tens of thousands are already over – before they even had the chance to properly begin.
The UN estimates 1.2 million youngsters need help urgently:
“We need approximately one billion US dollars for Somalia channelled through our consolidation process to prevent a further worsening of this emergency. So far we have received less than 60 percent of that sum.” said UN Special Representative to Somalia, Augustine Mahiga.
The UN estimates that half the Somali population – around 3.7 million people – are now at risk from famine. More than 12 million are affected across East Africa as a whole.