FAO encourages Somalis not to migrate

Thousands of Somalis have fled the country to seek assistance and refuge in neighbouring countries since the start of the year, with over 100,000 of those fleeing since May 2011

The famine situation is worsening in south and central Somalia, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, FAO.

However, the organization is encouraging people to remain in their localities to receive aid, as refugee camps in surrounding countries are rapidly reaching their full capacity.

Conflict and increasing food prices are making the famine worse, says Luca Alinovi, FAO representative in Kenya.

Alinovi says the United Nations in general and FAO in particular are supporting the people most affected in the country.

“We strongly support all the initiatives that help the people stay where they are. In order to help (them) stay where they are, we have to provide them a perspective for the future – some option for the future from the very early stage of our relief operations.”

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