Somalia is on the cusp of a humanitarian catastrophe. Drought has driven food insecurity to crisis levels across the country. People are being forced to sell or abandon the livestock they depend on for their livelihoods. Respiratory and acute diarrhoeal diseases are increasing alongside rising malnutrition levels among children. Famine is imminent. In addition to drought, Somalia’s crisis is also driven by long-standing conflict, further hampering relief efforts. In 2011, a famine in Somalia killed nearly 260,000 people – half of them children. 2017 could be even worse. Action is needed to prevent terrible loss of life and to build strong communities that can resist disasters in the future.

Download: Fighting famine in East and Central Africa: Somalia

Publication date: 02/06/2017

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National Societies
Africa, Somali Red Crescent Society
Africa, Somalia
Food insecurity
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