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Thousands of Somalis at risk of starvation, aid groups say

Somalia has been hit hardest by the drought that ravaged the Horn of Africa, with nearly half of its 16 million people facing crisis-level food insecurity. Aid groups say hundreds of thousands of Somalis are at risk of starvation, while hundreds of children are already dying of malnutrition.

At a center for malnourished children in Mogadishu, 38-year-old Fadumo Medi, holds her 4-year-old, who suffers from severe malnutrition due to a hunger crisis.

Maddie went hungry on June 11 in the village of Buulo Gadud in Somalia’s southern Gulf region, when three of her children died of malnutrition. She now lives with her three remaining children at the al-Hidaya camp for internally displaced people.

Medi said that before the drought, they had livestock and farms that grew crops, but the drought destroyed them all at once.

FILE – Somalis who fled drought-stricken areas walk next to a group of temporary shelters at a camp for the displaced on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, on June 4, 2022.

The United Nations says a record drought has displaced some 800,000 Somalians.

Paris-based aid group Action Against Hunger runs the Hoden Stabilization Centre, which serves poor women and families living in IDP camps.

Asho Aden, 32, arrived in Mogadishu a week ago from the city of Sako in the central Jubba region. She is at the center to receive emergency food aid for her dry children.

Aden said the drought destroyed all their crops, killed all their animals and left all seven of their children malnourished.

While many rural families fleeing drought see Mogadishu as their only hope, the Somali capital’s hospitals are overwhelmed.

Dr. Abdirizak Yusuf, supervisor of Martino Hospital’s Malnutrition Ward, said there is a high nutrient deficiency needed to treat the victims. He said that malnourished children should be given medical food, such as high-nutrition milk, but the supply donated by the United Nations has already run out.

Meanwhile, at the al-Hidaya IDP camp just outside Mogadishu, mothers and young children wait outside their temporary shelters for help. Camp caretaker Nadifa Hussain said that hundreds of people are reaching out to the needy every week.

Aid groups say the Somali government lacks the capacity to deal with the worst drought in the Horn of Africa in decades. And without more food, the United Nations says, more than 7 million Somalians would be in distress and 1.5 million children would face acute hunger this year.

This article is republished from – Voa News – Read the – original article.

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