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UN decrees catastrophic emergency in Somalia

UN decrees catastrophic emergency in Somalia

Mogadishu, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) Somalia is in catastrophic emergency due to the drought that devastates its territory, the most serious in its history, said a statement circulated today in this capital.

The worst is yet to come because after five seasons of dry rains, forecasts predict that the next six will have the same negative results, adds the report, issued during a meeting of the Arab League and the UN at the group’s headquarters in Cairo, the Egyptian capital.

According to the research of the global group, the disaster will affect almost half of the Somali population, says the document signed by Adam Abdelmoula, deputy special representative of the Assistance Mission to Somalia.

Nearly 7.8 million Somalis are affected by the drought, in addition to nearly 1.3 million displaced by the same situation, the official added.

Somalia is almost at the end of the road, warned Abdelmoula underlining that 6.7 million people are facing what he described as ‘acute levels of food insecurity’.

In addition to the tribulations of the lack of rainfall, this East African country is facing attacks by the Islamist movement Al Shabab, loyal to Al Qaeda´s network.

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