UN humanitarian chief meets Somalis displaced by drought

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A group of women in Mogadishu, Somalia, after leaving Toro-Toro, 100 kilometres away, because of a lack of water and food. Photo: OCHA

A severe drought is affecting Somalia where more than six million people, or roughly half the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator chief Stephen O'Brien arrived in the country on Monday to assess the impact.

Laura Gelbert accompanied the relief chief on his visit to a site for displaced people known as the Zone K IDP settlement, located in the capital, Mogadishu.

The exact number of people in Zone K is currently unknown, according to the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA.

By visiting the site and seeing the situation for himself, Mr O'Brien told drought victims he could "make this story known to a much bigger world" and try to help.

"Whenever you have enormous pressure on people's ability to survive or to be protected in conflict, you will get internal displacement.  And here we have a severe trend of internal displacement."

UN agencies and their humanitarian partners in Somalia are seeking US$825 million to reach the most vulnerable with life-saving assistance through June 2017.

Mr O'Brien noted the need to act "fast, now and together" in order to fund the programmes which would help support people in their hour of need.

He told the drought victims: "You need to know that you touch our hearts."

Laura Gelbert, United Nations, Mogadishu.

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