Nearly 2.5 million Somalis “on verge of starvation”

The international community has been urged by the Somali Prime Minister to help avert the starvation of nearly 2.5 million people in Somalia.

Families in Somalia

Following a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said eradicating Islamic extremism, specifically the Al-Shabaab insurgents in the capital Mogadishu and the rest of the country was a top priority.

He added that the people of Somalia are facing a catastrophic humanitarian crisis.

“Nearly 2.5 million are on the verge of starvation and unless we will have immediate support, international support, definitely there will be a catastrophic situation in Somalia. So we ask the international community to immediately reach, hopefully, these starving people.”

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