Somalia is staring at a looming famine crisis in the next few weeks, Save the Children has forewarned. It is estimated that the impending famine is likely to be more destructive than the 2011 famine that leads to loss of more than 260,000 lives.
12 million Somali citizens are likely to be affected, and more than 50, 000 children are facing death soon. What is even more saddening is that there is a huge exit of most of the donors, and the so the region risk getting forgotten. And everyone will suffer – children, women and men alike. What is more, even women empowering organizations have exited the region and so there is a real danger of women losing their dignity as well.
The UN has also officially declared famine several parts of South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, and Somalia. Of all these, Somalia seems to be facing a more severe food crisis than the other three.
Save the Children has been categorical on this Somalia famine, and it has even dismissed some mild reports that the situations couldn’t be that serious. You see, food crisis when it comes to developing countries can be underestimated until it is essentially too late.
“What is evident on the ground today is just but an indication that we are at a tipping point – consider the expressively worsening malnutrition episodes ; you need no rocket science to know that famine isn’t a far-off thing we tend to imagine”, that is straight from the director of Save the Children, Hassan Saadi Noor. Good news is that there are great chances to salvage the situations now, and now than ever. If aid organizations come to play now, there are great windows to salvage the situation. There are great prospects of averting this disastrous humanitarian crisis.
Somalia has been categorized in category one emergency by Save the Children organization, considering that it is a war-torn country as well as the number of people that are in danger there. Workers at Save the Children clinics and healthcare services in Puntland, one of the hardest hit areas in Somalia has reported significant malnutrition in areas coming through their doors. An estimated 363,000 children have already suffered malnutrition with 71,000 having been diagnosed with severe malnutrition. Somalia Nutrition Cluster has predicted that the number of malnutrition cases is likely to rise to 944,000 cases, with 185,000 severe cases in 2019. Urgent aid should be provided to this austerely drought-stricken country. The United Nations lately forewarned that more than 50,000 children are probable to face death.
Somali food shortage is something that needs an urgent address, that is if there are visions to salvage anything.