UN / SOMALIA DROUGHT FAMINE

06-Jul-2022 00:02:16
Due to the drought in Somalia, it is believed that there will be famine in eight areas of the country by September. More than 200,000 men, women and children are experiencing catastrophic levels of food insecurity for the first time since 2017, and food security will likely not improve until the middle of next year, a UN Spokesperson said. UNIFEED / FILE
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STORY: UN / SOMALIA DROUGHT FAMINE
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DATELINE: 06 JULY 2022, NEW YORK / JANUARY 2022, BELETWEYNE, SOMALIA / FILE
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1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

06 JULY 2022, NEW YORK

2.Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“On Somalia, our humanitarian colleagues are telling us that, due to the drought, it is believed that there will be famine in eight areas of the country by September. More than 200,000 men, women and children are experiencing catastrophic levels of food insecurity for the first time since 2017, and food security will likely not improve until the middle of next year. Our humanitarian colleagues warn that more than seven million people are already impacted by the severe drought, up from nearly six million in May. More than 800,000 have left their homes in search of food, water and pasture. At least 200 children have died of malnutrition and disease since January, and an estimated 1.5 million children under the age of five face acute malnutrition. Late last month, our partners launched the Drought Response and Famine Prevention Plan to provide life-saving assistance and prevent famine in Somalia. The Plan calls for nearly $1 billion to reach 6.4 million people through the end of the year. Separately, the Humanitarian Response Plan for Somalia, which calls for $1.46 billion to help 5.5 million people, is only 30 per cent funded as of today. While nearly four million people having received assistance since January, we need much more cash, greater resources to meet growing needs and avert famine.”
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FILE - FAO - JANUARY 2022, BELETWEYNE, SOMALIA

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7. Wide shot, man standing over an animal carcass
8.Various shots, men gathering water from a well into a barrel
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STORYLINE
Due to the drought in Somalia, it is believed that there will be famine in eight areas of the country by September. More than 200,000 men, women and children are experiencing catastrophic levels of food insecurity for the first time since 2017, and food security will likely not improve until the middle of next year, a UN Spokesperson said.

Speaking to reporters today (06 Jul) in New York, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, “our humanitarian colleagues warn that more than seven million people are already impacted by the severe drought, up from nearly six million in May.”

He added, “more than 800,000 have left their homes in search of food, water and pasture. At least 200 children have died of malnutrition and disease since January, and an estimated 1.5 million children under the age of five face acute malnutrition.”

Dujarric continued, “late last month, our partners launched the Drought Response and Famine Prevention Plan to provide life-saving assistance and prevent famine in Somalia. The Plan calls for nearly $1 billion to reach 6.4 million people through the end of the year.”

Separately, the UN Spokesperson added, “the Humanitarian Response Plan for Somalia, which calls for $1.46 billion to help 5.5 million people, is only 30 per cent funded as of today. While nearly four million people having received assistance since January, we need much more cash, greater resources to meet growing needs and avert famine.”
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