Tue. Jul 16th, 2024

$1bn more needed to avert famine in Somalia by year’s end, warns UN

Martin Griffiths, UN humanitarian chief, predicted Tuesday (6 September) that at least US$1billion will be required urgently to prevent famine in Somalia within the next months and early next year.

Martin Griffiths

Speaking from Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, he said that, according to a new report from an authoritative panel of independent experts, there will be a famine in the Horn of Africa nation between October and December, when two more dry seasons are expected to compound the historic drought that has hit region, “if we don’t manage to stave it off and avoid it as had been the case in 2016 and 2017.” Griffiths added that more than $1 billion in new funds is now needed in addition to the UN appeal of about $1.4 billion. That appeal has been “very well-funded,” the undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs said, thanks to the US Agency for International Development, which announced a $476 million donation of humanitarian and development aid in July.

“Famine is at the door and today we are receiving a final warning,” Griffiths warned, referring to the report by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), a tracking tool for global hunger. The unprecedented failure of four consecutive rainy season has pushed Somalia to the brink. This has caused several hundred thousand people to flee their homes and put immense pressure on a country that has been through decades of conflict. Griffiths compared the current crisis to the 2010-11 famine, which claimed nearly 260,000 lives, half them children. It is believed that more than 100,000 people had died by the time the famine was officially declared.

Source: north africa post

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