Somalia, according to the United Nations, is on the cusp of a “devastating famine,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths warns. “Famine is imminent, and today we get one last warning.”
Hunger will take mass casualties sometime between October and December, Griffiths estimates, especially in the Bay region in the southwest of the country.
Four consecutive dry rainy seasons and years of violence have been responsible for disrupting Somalia’s food supply, Griffiths said. The country in the Horn of Africa, where about 16 million people live, has been rocked by attacks for years. The Islamist militia al-Shabaab controls large parts of the southern and central regions.
The UN reports that 750,000 people have been displaced as a result of the drought this year alone. The situation in Somalia is expected to remain critical until at least March next year.
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