Somalis can no longer meet their food needs

Somalis walking towards a UN-supported feeding centre

Somalis walking towards a UN-supported feeding centre

Many people in Somalia will die of malnutrition if aid does not reach them quickly and efficiently, according to Mark Bowden the UN humanitarian coordinator.

Last year's drought has severely affected local food production in the country.

Mark Bowden says food prices have gone up 270% since then and people can no longer afford food.

"We have currently the highest rates of malnutrition in the Horn of Africa. Some 30% of children are suffering from global acute malnutrition. Recent reports that we have had from parts of Somalia suggests that rate is increasing."

Large numbers of people are moving to refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia.

The epicentre of the crisis is in rebel infested South Somalia where access to food is difficult, Bowden adds.

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