2.5 million still at risk in Somalia: UN

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    2.5 million still at risk in Somalia: UN

    OVER 2.5 million people in war-torn Somalia remain in crisis despite huge global aid efforts and the situation may worsen, the UN warns, one year after famine zones were declared there.

    "Mortality and malnutrition rates in Somalia have improved dramatically, but remain among the highest in the world," Mark Bowden, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, told reporters in the Kenyan capital.

    "We must build on the gains made since famine was declared in July 2011 or they could be reversed," Bowden said, adding that some 323,000 children are acutely malnourished, about a fifth of all children under five.

    Tens of thousands of people are believed to have died last year after extreme drought and war pushed several areas of southern Somalia into famine last July.

    Although the famine was declared over in February, dire conditions remain, with concerns the situation will decline in coming months because of poor rains, a likely late harvest and ongoing conflict.

    "Conflict and the lack of access to people in need remain major operational challenges," he said, adding that donors had so far provided around half of the cash required, with a $US576 million ($A564.01 million) gap remaining.

    "Drought in the region is recurrent and Somalia is at the epicentre of this cycle," he said.

    Southern Somalia - the main battleground between African Union troops and Ethiopian forces against Islamist Shabab fighters - is an area of special concern, he said, with the region's crucial harvest hit hard by poor rains.

    "The humanitarian situation will likely deteriorate further before recovery is possible," he said. "The number of people in need will likely increase during the second half of the year."

    Somalia, ravaged by nearly uninterrupted civil war for the past two decades, is one of the most dangerous places in the world for aid workers - and one of the regions that needs them most.


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    Not looking like a bright few months to come at all, if things are indeed to get even worse. :(

    But it has to be the worst part that the resources and money needed, in a lot of cases, isn't getting to the people that truly need it at the end of the day.
     
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    There is a lot of hustle and bustle in the West over the humanitarian situation in Syria. However, who cares about the humanitarian situation of the Somalians even their country has been ravaged by nearly uninterrupted civil war for the past two decades?

    Fortunately or unfortunately in contrast to Syria, Somalia is not of much strategic importance to the US and other Western countries.
     
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    I would certainly say unfortunately, with so many perishing and so quickly...
     
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    Do you know what I find interesting? Things are so bad in Somalia that the UN cannot even send in a police force. And yet Europe is bringing in so many of those Somalis. Why is it that Europe cannot take care of the Somalis in Somalia? How will moving the problem from one country to another make people more safe?

    No, I say the UN should just move into Somalia and occupy it. If they are unwilling to allow their troops to suffer all the casualties, why are they willing to allow European citizens to suffer the same casualties? Violence is violence, whether in Somalia or Europe. Moving the people will not solve the problem.
     
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    By the time they figure out it's a famine, it's too late for many...
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    APNewsBreak: Report: 260,000 died in Somali famine
    Apr 29,`13 -- The 2011 Somali famine killed an estimated 260,000 people, half of them age 5 and under, according to a new report to be published this week that more than doubles previous death toll estimates, officials told The Associated Press.
     
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    Somali children 'face death' over drought...
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    Somalia drought leaves 50,000 children 'facing death'
    Mon, 08 Feb 2016 - More than 50,000 children in Somalia "face death" because of the ongoing drought there, the UN says.
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    Does Ethiopia need international aid to cope with drought?
    5 February 2016 - Ethiopia is the world's fastest growing economy. So when drought struck why did it need international help?
     
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    Catastrophic drought in Somalia...
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    Somalia Faces Unprecedented Drought
    February 20, 2017 — Even the hyenas won't eat the carcasses of Mohamed Aden Guleid's sheep, goats and camels, which litter the landscape in Somalia's northwest Somaliland region.
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    February 17, 2017 — United Nations aid agencies warn they have a two-month window of opportunity in drought-stricken Somalia in which to scale-up emergency assistance for millions of people and avert a catastrophe.
     
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    The Somali President has declared a national disaster...
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    Somalia drought: At least 110 die as fears of famine grow
    Sat March 4, 2017 - The Somali President declared a national disaster Tuesday; The region has suffered after little rain in the past few years
     
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    Gee, and Somalia is the GOP role model. Seriously - the GOP claims government is bad - so I give you Somalia - no government!
     
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    Somalia languishes in drought...
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    'Dying one by one:' Somalia drought crushes herders' lives
    Mar 13,`17 -- Ahmed Haji turns from his visibly dehydrated animals and whispers: "I am lost." Trying to flee the worsening drought, he trekked thousands of kilometers with a herd that once numbered 1,200. But hundreds perished during the arduous trip to Puntland, in northern Somalia, in search of greener pasture.
     
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    Unless we want this kind of natural disaster to keep happening, together with all the misery it entails, they really must be stopped from procreating so much. So any food aid - money/cash aid is obviously no good in a famine scenario - should be accompanied by a requirement to have no more than 2 children. That condition should have been made way back in the Band Aid-Feed the World days, then we wouldn't be seeing another catastrophe now?
     
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    Cholera outbreak in Somalia...
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    Cholera Spreads in Famine-threatened Somalia
    March 31, 2017 — Deadly cholera is spreading through drought-ravaged Somalia as clean water sources dry up, a top aid official said, deepening a humanitarian crisis in a country that is on the verge of famine.
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    Cholera outbreak on top of hunger crisis in Somalia...
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    Cholera Outbreak Compounds Hunger Crisis in Southern Somalia
    May 17, 2017 — A regional drought has displaced more than half a million people in Somalia and left the country at risk of famine. A cholera outbreak is further complicating relief efforts, in particular in the southern part of the country where some villages remain under al-Shabab control.
     
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    Somalia is a sh!thole that requires an armed guard of regular troops to provide security for the food handout stations.
     
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    "The U.K. pledged £100 million (US$129 million) in February in aid to Somalia, where more than 6 million people— more than half of the population —are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. A devastating drought in the country is threatening to escalate into a famine.

    (Theresa) May said Britain would provide an additional £21 million (US$27 million) over the next two years for training Somalia’s security forces"

    We have a national debt of nearly £2tr and the fool is giving our money to a corrupt and dysfunctional shithole 'for training' :wall: I'll bet it'll suddenly disappear and eventually end up in a Swiss bank account. And all the while we go scouring the world poaching nurses which their hard-pressed home countries have trained. 'Those whom the gods wish to destroy . . . '!!
     
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