Over 3 million Somalis urgently need humanitarian assistance

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Women and children wait for assistance in Dolo, southern Somalia. Photo: WFP/David Orr

The humanitarian situation in Somalia has deteriorated significantly for the first time since 2011 resulting in over 3 million people in need of assistance, according to the UN relief official in the country.

Somalia is working to rebuild as it recovers from over two decades of political instability and a series of droughts that has left it dependent on international assistance.

The East African country is also struggling to restore stability and peace after Al-Shabaab Islamists were driven out of the capital and major cities and towns, though they continue their sporadic terrorist attacks.

Stéphane Dujarric is Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

"The Humanitarian Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini for that country warned today that the humanitarian situation in the country has significantly deteriorated this year, for the first time since the end of the 2011 famine – as a result of a combination of conflict, drought, floods, increasing food prices and limited aid access. More than 3 million Somalis need humanitarian assistance urgently, including 1 million people who can't meet their minimum food requirements – this is a 20% increase compared to the same time last year." (29")

Mr Dujarric said that aid organizations need $863 million to help more than 2.7 million Somalis in the coming year.

Stephane Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1’22″

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