UN 'working overtime' to avert another famine in Somalia

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Joseph Contreras. UN Photo/Laura Gelbert

The United Nations is "working overtime" to avert another disaster in Somalia like the one that claimed 260,000 lives six years ago.

That's what Joseph Contreras, the Spokesperson for the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), said following media reports that 110 people starved to death in a single region in the southwest of the country.

On 28 February, Somalia's President declared a national disaster and identified the drought crisis as a top priority for the country.

Speaking to Laura Gelbert in Mogadishu, Mr Contreras said the situation on the ground has become "significantly worse."

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