Somalia is staring at a looming famine crisis in the next few weeks, Save the Children has forewarned. Evidences indicate that this time around; we could be looking at greater damages when compared to the 2011 famine that killed more than 260,000 lives.
12 million Somali citizens are likely to be affected, and more than 50, 000 children are facing death soon. What is even more saddening is that there is a huge exit of most of the donors, and the so the region risk getting forgotten. And everyone will suffer great frustrations. Women support organizations have become dysfunctional owing to the fact that most of the donors and funders left the region – and so, you expect women to suffer the most.
The UN has also officially declared famine several parts of South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, and Somalia. But Somalia is thought to be one country that will be hit really hard when compared to the other three.
Save the Children has been categorical on this Somalia famine, and it has even dismissed some mild reports that the situations couldn’t be that serious. You see, food crisis when it comes to developing countries can be underestimated until it is essentially too late.
“What is evident on the ground today is just but an indication that we are at a tipping point – consider the expressively worsening malnutrition episodes ; you need no rocket science to know that famine isn’t a far-off thing we tend to imagine”, that is straight from the director of Save the Children, Hassan Saadi Noor. Fortunately, all isn’t lost; there are great chances to save the nation, and that is to act now. If aid organizations come to play now, there are great windows to salvage the situation. You see, there are great prospects of preventing such a great humanitarian crisis.
Save the Children has categorized Somalia in category one emergency, looking at the fact that there are numerous life-threatening situations such as war. Workers at Save the Children clinics and healthcare services in Puntland, one of the hardest hit areas in Somalia has reported significant malnutrition in areas coming through their doors. An approximated 363,000 children have received treatment to deal avert the malnutrition, 71,000 of them severe cases. Aft that is not all, Somalia Nutrition Cluster has foreseen that the number of malnutrition cases is more likely to increase to 944,000 cases, with 185,000 severe cases in 2019. Urgent aid should be provided to this austerely drought-stricken country. The United Nations has already warned that at least 50,000 children are facing death.
Somali food shortage has something that needs to be acted upon fast; and if nothing is done, there can be more detrimental problems.