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Disaster Calendar 2011: Famine Spreads in Somalia

Posted by feww on August 4, 2011

The following is from the August 4 entry in the 2011 Disaster Calendar

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Somali famine spreads to 3 new regions

Death rates and acute malnutrition levels have surpassed famine thresholds in the Balcad and Cadale districts of Middle Shabelle, and among the refugee populations in Mogadishu and the Afgoye corridor:  U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization

The worst drought in decades has affected about 12 million people across the Horn of Africa leaving 3.6 million people at risk of starvation in southern Somalia.

About 30,000 children under the age of 5 have died from starvation in the last 3 months in southern Somalia alone, according to the US government. Some 640,000 Somali children are currently acutely malnourished, the UN said, and the death toll is rising.

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Somalia Drought: Mega Disaster Threatens 2.4m People

Posted by feww on February 18, 2011

Severe, country-wide drought in Somalia threatens a third of the population: UN Official

UN relief chief warns of humanitarian disaster as drought ravages Somalia and Kenya

Severe drought in Somalia is worsening the humanitarian crisis in the country (Population: 7.2 million) causing more people to become internally displaced. As food and water scarcity worsen, many are moving into refugee camps across the border in Kenya, according to the UN under secretary general for humanitarian affairs, Valerie Amos.


Somali rural society is largely based upon pastoralism – drought has bitten deep into Somali rural society in recent years. Source: SAACID-ORG

“Somalia… is on the brink of a much larger disaster due to the threat of a country-wide drought,” said Amos.

“Malnutrition has increased in the last six months in Southern Somalia and 2.4 million, 32 percent of the population, remain in crisis.”

Current estimated food security conditions, rural areas, January 2010


Image Source:FSAU and FEWS NET via SAACID

“As we speak, there are significant urban population movements from [Somalia’s] Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions to Kenya,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos, who visited Somalia and Kenya earlier this month, told reporters at UN Headquarters.

“People are moving due to the deteriorating living conditions and a lack of a way to make a living. Families are said to be selling their assets, including houses and land, to get by and to facilitate their movement to the refugee camps in Kenya,” she said.

“Families are set to start selling their assets, including their houses and land to get by… our actions in the next few months is critical.”

“I cannot stress enough the importance in Somalia of finding a political solution. Only that would enable people to live in peace and dignity.” She said.

Somalia plunged into factional warfare in 1991 when the regime of Muhammad Siad Barre was toppled.

About 431,000 refugees have moved to Kenya, most of whom are from Somalia. About 300,000 of the refugees live in the Dadaab camps, close to Kenya’s border with Somalia.

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