Somalia Declares State of Famine

Somalian President Hassan Shaykh Mohamud has proclaimed a state of famine in the nation as a result of the devastating drought.

The Somalian president, in a report by news portal Goobjoog, raised the alarm in a speech he delivered Friday in a mosque in Mogadishu city. 

Mohamud also urged an international emergency response as well as support from the populace to prevent a repeat of the devastating situation in 2011, when more than 250,000 people—mostly children—starved to death across the nation.

The current drought in the Somali nation was the worst in 40 years. 

According to data by the Somali government, the drought has killed more than two million animals and affected more than 15 million head of cattle, or 28% of the nation’s total.

Members of the minority groups have been compelled to evacuate their homes in search of pasture, water, or food. 

According to the United Nations (UN), one and a half million children in the country have “acute malnutrition,” and one in eight of them pass away before turning five. 

Since January of this year, more than 500 children have died from starvation brought on by the drought.

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