UN relief chief describes Somalia visit as 'heartbreaking'

 

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, has described the scenes she witnessed at a hospital in the Somali capital of Mogadishu as heartbreaking.

One her one-day visit, Ms.Valerie Amos visited Banadir Hospital where children suffering from acute malnutrition were being treated.

Ms. Amos says the children were so weak they could not life their heads and their mothers were in despair.

3.2 million people are estimated to be on the brink of starvation in Somalia.

Persistent drought and ongoing conflict have led to famine in five regions in the south of the country, including the area in and around Mogadishu.

The United Nations relief chief is calling for a safe passage for aid workers to reach those in need in the war-wracked country.

While Somalia is the worst affected country, neighbouring Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti are also suffering.

Ms. Amos is now in Kenya visiting Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp with a population of around 380,000 people – most of them Somali.

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