Famine spreads to more areas of Somalia

Mother and Child at Dadaab Refugee camp, Kenya

Three more areas of Somalia have slipped into famine, the UN says.

Mark Bowden, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia has now declared famine in the Afgoye corridor, the capital Mogadishu and Middle Shabelle.

The Afgoye cooridor, located just outside Mogdishu, is home to thousands of internally displaced people.

Augustine Mahiga, the UN envoy in Somalia says this brings the total number of famine areas to five.

"The number of locations that are hit by the famine under Shabab have increased and it could be up to five locations that need to be accessed and assistance delivered safely. Organizations as WFP which is the biggest food agency in the world with tremendous resources and support from many governments have been barred from operating in Shabab controlled area."

The declaration of famine in the capital reflects the massive influx of people into the city in the last two months.

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