News in the Humanosphere: Half of Somalians at risk of famine, warns U.N.

A 15-month-old child is brought to a hospital in Garowe, Somalia, by his mother Laylo and his father Mohamed, suffering malnutrition and related complications. (Credit: Tom Pilston/Save the Children)

Somalia’s current drought is threatening half of the country’s population, or about 6 million people, according to the United Nations. Aid agencies have scaled up efforts but say more support is urgently needed. Drought-stricken families are on the move, trying to reach points where international aid agencies are distributing food. The agencies cannot distribute food in areas under the control of al-Shabab, Somalia’s homegrown Islamic extremist rebels who are affiliated to al-Qaida. Somalia’s fragile central government struggles to assert itself beyond the capital and other limited areas. Between November and the end of February, around 257,000 people in this Horn of Africa nation have been internally displaced because of the drought, according to the U.N. refugee agency. Some are moving to urban areas, others into neighboring countries. (VOA http://bit.ly/2ohrpPs)

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