Drought emergency declared in Somalia

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A resident sells meat at the market in Hudur, Somalia. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

A drought emergency in Somalia could aggravate the country's fragile food security situation unless immediate action is taken according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Horn of Africa nation.

In a press briefing in Geneva, Philippe Lazzarini said that a combination of delayed rains, rising food prices and continued conflict is further worsening the humanitarian situation in Somalia.

“We start to have early warning of expected rain below average which might impact severely the upcoming harvest. The problem is, the big difference compared to last year, is we have twice less resources. We have about 50 thousand children at the doorstep of death.” (0'21")

Mr Lazzarini explained that some agencies and non-governmental organizations have so few resources that essential life-saving projects are facing closure.

UN agencies and humanitarian partners appealed for 933 million dollars in 2014 but have only received 15 per cent of the funding so far.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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