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Drought and famine displace more than 745,000 Somalis

Drought and famine displace more than 745,000 Somalis

Nairobi, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) Since 2021, drought and its terrible sequel, famine, have displaced more than 745,000 Somalis from their homes, according to an NGO report circulated in this capital.

Somalia, a country in the so-called Horn of Africa, devastated by bad weather conditions and a long-standing armed conflict, is also affected by the effects of a drought that experts have described as the worst in the last 40 years.

The report from the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) agrees with that of several United Nations agencies released hours ago and received by Prensa Latina, according to which 40 percent of Somalis, mostly children of both sexes, are on the verge of death by starvation due to the same cause.

Somalis are at a real risk of starvation, “urgent financial support is needed now, not within months,” the NRC report warned.

Official statistics show that from March 2021 to April this year, displaced people in Somalia increased by more than 70,000: from 671,000 to 745,000, including 500,000 in the first three months of 2022.


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