Somali president calls on public to assist thousands and thousands affected by drought

DOLLOW, JUBALAND, SOMALIA - 2022/04/14: A man walks in front of a sandstorm in Dollow, southwest Somalia. People from across Gedo in Somalia have been displaced due to drought conditions and forced to come to Dollow, in the southwest, to search for aid. Somalia has suffered three failed rainy seasons in a row, making this the worst drought in decades, and 6 million people are in crisis levels of food insecurity. The problems are being compounded by the rising costs of food prices because of the Ukraine war. Hence, hundreds of thousands of livestock have died from hunger and thirst. (Photo by Sally Hayden/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA — Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has referred to as on the Somali public to be part of the federal government’s efforts to assist thousands and thousands of individuals within the nation affected by the drought. The UN says 7.7 million Somalis have been affected by the drought.

Speaking at a mosque within the nation’s capital, Mogadishu, Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud urged residents to be part of his authorities’s efforts to assist Somalis devastated by the worst drought in greater than 40 years within the Horn of Africa.

Mohamud stated these most affected by the drought are the aged and youngsters, who’re experiencing extreme malnutrition.

He says that the drought and its circumstances have worsened and that it has now reached a state of famine and loss of life. The livestock are already gone, there was quite a lot of starvation, he stated, however the federal government has achieved what it might probably to assist individuals and the world is serving to. He emphasised that the Somali individuals and people overseas must redouble their efforts to succeed in quite a lot of individuals in occasions of nice want.

Mohamud was elected in May by the nation’s parliament for a second time period, and he introduced shortly after taking workplace that his authorities’s precedence was to fight the present extended drought that has devastated 90 p.c of the nation.

He additionally appointed a Special Envoy for Drought Relief to facilitate humanitarian actions within the nation.

According to the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 7.7 million Somalis have been affected by the drought and practically one million individuals have been displaced. Drought-related malnutrition has killed greater than 500 kids since January this yr.

The United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) in Somalia advised VOA on Saturday that the individuals displaced by the drought are dwelling in excessive circumstances.

Claudia Rosel is IOM’s media and communications officer, and she or he stated the variety of these displaced by drought has been steadily rising for the reason that starting of this yr.

“Those newly displaced by drought are on top of 2.5 million people who were already internally displaced in Somalia due to natural hazards and conflicts over the years,” Rosel stated. “And now what we’re concerned about is that in just one year, we’re seeing almost 1 million people who are almost displaced because of drought conditions, and most of them – they won’t be able to return to their communities of origin because they have lost everything.”

The Somali prime minister’s workplace stated the drought has affected greater than 15 million livestock – 28 p.c of Somalia’s whole livestock – whereas killing greater than 2 million different animals.

Somalia’s South Jubaland Minister for Planning, Abdirahman Abdi Ahmed, advised the VOA Somali service that 200 kids have died from drought-related diseases over the previous three months.

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