Somalia faces "extremely critical" humanitarian situation

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Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Somali Republic. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The president of Somalia has warned that his country is facing what he described as an "extremely critical" humanitarian situation.

More than three million Somalis are currently in need of assistance as a result of drought and insecurity.

The Horn of Africa country has been fighting insurgents from the Al-Shabaab terrorist organization for a number of years.

Addressing the UN General Assembly on Friday, President Hassan Sheik Mohamud said that although Al-Shabaab has been defeated, the country still faces serious challenges.

"It grieves me to report today that the humanitarian situation in Somalia today is extremely critical. About 3.2 million Somalia need life-saving or livelihood assistance in Somalia right now. A terrible mix of drought, rising food prices, increasing malnutrition, and insecurity is plunging the humanitarian situation in Somalia into a crisis. More than one million people in Somalia face acute food insecurity today." (26")

President Sheik Mohamud said that out of a population of 7.5 million people more than one million people are internally displaced in Somalia.

He said a sustained and scaled-up response is required in order to prevent what he called the country's "free fall".

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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