Somalia Famine: Two Regions in Somalia Hit By Famine

By on Jul 22, 2011 in Africa, Current Events, Events, World Comments
Somali Famine
Somali refugee received food ration
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The United Nations (UN) officially declared two regions in Somalia in famine condition which were said to be in need for immediate international response, several reports said.

Southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle regions had been declared on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 by UN to have been hit by famine.

According to the UN in several interviews by different websites, the famine condition in Somalia could rapidly spread if neglected.

“Nearly 3.7 million people are now in crisis. We need donor support to address current needs and prevent a further deterioration of the crisis,” U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was quoted saying in an interview by a certain website.

“If we don’t act now, famine will spread to all eight regions of southern Somalia within two months, due to poor harvests and infectious disease outbreaks,” said UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordination for Somalia Mark Bowden in a report.

Reports said that militants in Somalia who expelled the relief groups two years ago are now urging the aid groups to return.

Countries like the United States, Spain and Britain have pledged donations in the past weeks, however, some donors have expressed fears that aid might be diverted by Islamist groups.

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