Millions of Somali children at risk of dying from starvation without immediate emergency support, warns World Vision

7 million people face threat of starvation

Worst drought in 40 years

No rain likely for fifth consecutive year

MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Hunger and drought in Somalia are destroying livelihoods and have forced more than 800,000 people to flee their homes, with more than 7 million (1) facing severe food insecurity, according to global aid organization World Vision.Forecasts indicate the crisis is set to worsen over the coming months, with a record fifth failed rainy season likely across the country. (2) This is Somalia's worst drought in 40 years (3), with more than 200,000 people one step away from famine-like conditions (4). An estimated 1.5 million Somali children under the age of 5 are at risk of acute malnutrition by the end of the year. (5)"I've met many a?¦ families who have walked for days in the hope of reaching areas where they can access food to feed their hungry children," said Tobias Oloo, acting director of World Vision Somalia. "Most mothers we meet at our nutrition clinics have at least one child who is malnourished. Some of their children died before they could reach help."Mark Smith, World Vision's vice president of humanitarian emergency affairs, said the need in Baidoa, Somalia is overwhelming. "We finish doing (food) distributions and a whole new group of people will arrive the following day in desperate need."
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