Somalia, like much of East Africa, is facing its worst drought in 40 years, causing desperate hunger and malnutrition among millions of people. Four failed rainy seasons have led to the loss of crops and livestock and has pushed many families to migrate. Most end up in settlements for internally displaced persons (IDP), in the hope of getting help to survive the drought in Somalia.
A recent article explains why Somalia’s drought isn’t getting enough attention. But it’s time to sound the alarm about the children fighting to survive in Somalia.
More than seven million people are hungry in Somalia
World Vision’s National Director for Somalia, Tobias Oloo, warns that children in Somalia are on the edge of starvation, and this situation will worsen before enough help arrives. He explains:
"This is the reality facing millions of children in southern Somalia. More than seven million people are experiencing extreme hunger. Hunger has displaced more than 800,000 people who have no choice but to relocate. They’ve often walked for days or weeks to reach help."
"I’ve met several of these displaced families in Doolow district."
"Kin, a mother of six, travelled from northern Somalia to escape drought and hunger. She’s now staying in a tiny shelter made of old clothes, plastic bags, and dry sticks with her children. Three are living with different disabilities, two of them are unable to walk."