Somalia in "chronic catastrophe" following 20 years without government

Twenty years without a functioning government has led Somalia into "a chronic catastrophe", according to the head of United Nations humanitarian operations in the country, Mark Bowden.

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The humanitarian crisis, which has been caused by conflict and recurring droughts, has affected most parts of the Horn of Africa country.

Mr. Bowden said the current drought could have far-reaching implications.

“The 20 years without government have led Somalia into what I would call a chronic catastrophe. What worries me is that the drought will lead to a very acute crisis in some parts of the country. We have already seen rates of acute child malnutrition in excess of 30 per cent of children. Now, 15 per cent is the normal rate at which you start emergency programmes. So, we are seeing very acute hardships already emerging in some parts of Central South Somalia and also communities that are having great difficulty in getting access to drinking water.”

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