SOMALIA / ACUTE MALNUTRITION

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21-Jun-2022 00:05:19
After witnessing the sweeping consequences of drought during a joint visit with Somalia’s drought envoy on Monday (20 Jun), the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for the Horn of Africa country called for a major scale-up in resources to prevent famine. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / ACUTE MALNUTRITION
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SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SOMALI / NATS

DATELINE: 20 JUNE 2022, DOLLOW, SOMALIA

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot, Abdelmoula, Abdishakur, on their way to board a flight
2. Med shot, Abdelmoula, Abdishakur boarding
3. Med shot, Abdelmoula, Abdishakur aboard
4. Med shot, Abdelmoula, Abdishakur getting out of the plane
5. Med shot, Abdishakur received by UN staff
6. Wide shot, visiting delegation walking away from the plane
7. Med shot, convoy transporting the visiting delegation
8. Various shots, Abdelmoula, Abdishakur in a meeting with the Dollow District Commissioner and the drought committee
9. Various shots, Abdelmoula, Abdishakur in a meeting with local leaders, elders, and members of the drought committee
10. Med shot, Juba River
11. Med shot, Abdelmoula in a meeting with local leaders, elders, and members of the drought committee
12. Various shots, Abdelmoula on a guided tour of the banks of the Juba River
13. Various shots, convoy, vehicle, residents, Kabasa Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camp
14. Various shots, Abdelmoula , Abdishakur, displaced family, makeshift house, residents of Kabasa IDP camp, Children seated outside a makeshift structure, disabled woman, Kabasa IDP camp in Dollow
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Adam Abdelmoula, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia:
“The humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to deteriorate rapidly.”
16. Wide shot, IDPs, Kabasa IDP camp
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Adam Abdelmoula, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia:
“Already 1.5 million children below the age of five are malnourished, and we expect that 356,000 of these may not survive through the end of September this year. Acute malnutrition is about to increase unless we scale up our response plan in a major way.”
18. Med shot, Juba River
19. SOUNDBITE: (English) Adam Abdelmoula, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia:
“Acute malnutrition is about to increase unless we scale up our response plan in a major way. Already half of the population, 7.1 million Somalis are in need of food assistance.”
20. Med shot, Abdelmoula, interacting with children, Kabasa IDP camp
21. SOUNDBITE(English) Abdirahman Abdishakur, Somalia's Special Envoy for Drought Response:
“We have seen that people have come to Dollow to look for assistance because here they have access to aid agencies.”
22. Med shot, IDP family, Kabasa IDP camp
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdirahman Abdishakur, Somalia's Special Envoy for Drought Response:
“We have witnessed many of them who arrived just a few days ago who are in desperate need and who have not received assistance.”
24. Various shots, convoy, Abdelmoula, Abdishaku, displaced mother and child, Trocaire Referral Health Centre

STORYLINE:
After witnessing the sweeping consequences of drought during a joint visit with Somalia’s drought envoy today, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for the Horn of Africa called for a major scale-up in resources to prevent famine.

“The humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to deteriorate rapidly,” said Adam Abdelmoula, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia. “Already, 1.5 million children below the age of five are malnourished, and we expect that 356,000 of these may not survive through the end of September this year. Acute malnutrition is about to increase unless we scale up our response plan in a major way.”

Somalia has suffered through four unprecedented and consecutive failed rainy seasons, something that had never happened in the country’s history. Today, it faces a potential fifth.

“Already half of the population, 7.1 million Somalis, are in need of food assistance,” said the top humanitarian official. “If the fifth rainy season fails, this number will increase significantly.”

Eight of Somalia’s 90 districts are already in famine-like conditions categorized as catastrophic. More are bound to slide into this dreaded category if the funding gap is unmet. “I continuously appeal to our donors, traditional or new, to spend the money upfront so that we can save lives as we look at a fifth failed rainy season,” Abdelmoula said.

No shelter, no food, no medicine.

Abdelmoula was speaking in Dollow, located in Somalia’s southern Federal Member State of Jubaland, where he visited new settlements of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and health centres and met with community elders and humanitarian partners. With him was Somalia’s Special Envoy for Drought Response, Abdirahman Abdishakur, who the president appointed in late May.

“We have seen that people have come to Dollow to look for assistance because here they have access to aid agencies,” Abdishakur said during the visit to the Kabasa IDP camp. “But we have witnessed many of them who arrived just a few days ago who are in desperate need and who have not received assistance.”

The Kabasa camp, established in May, already hosts 300 families from all over Somalia. It is one of many thousands across the country. While Dollow has an estimated population of almost 90,000 people, the district is home to about 145,668 internally displaced people.

Without the means to cater to current IDPs, Dollow continues to receive new people, mainly from Bay and Bakool and within the Gedo region, due to food insecurity. Spontaneous returnees from Ethiopia are also putting pressure on existing water, health, education, and nutrition services.
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