Published On: Fri, Jan 20th, 2017

Severe famine threatens thousands in Somalia

Millions of people in south and central region in Somalia are facing severe famine after after the seasonal rains failed for several consecutive seasons in this Horn of Africa nation.

The biting drought has displaced thousands of people and killed thousands of animals in central Somali regions, whereby hundreds of people, mainly children and animals.

Mo’alim Hassan Sheikh Abdi, an elder in central Somalia said the rural areas near the coastal district of Harardere are the most hit, and people began to die of hunger and lack of water.

He has appealed for an urgent humanitarian assistance from the international aid agencies and the federal government to help the drought effected families in the region.

The drought-affected families are fleeing their homes in search of food. Officials in central Somalia said they haven’t seen such drought conditions for years in the past since 2011.

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