On the eve of Thanksgiving while Americans get ready to feast and give thanks, many across the globe are experiencing poverty in its most extreme form.
In Somalia a drought that has raged for three years has devastated families. Animals and family members are dying in record numbers.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA); due to the drought, 1.2 million Somalis are suffering food insecurity, a 20% increase in the number of people suffering from severe food insecurity in Somalia, according to data provided by the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO).
The report also states that in the last six months many Somalis are increasingly suffering from malnutrition due to lack of food.
According to estimates, nearly 320,000 children suffer from malnutrition in Somalia, of them, 50,000 face severe acute malnutrition.
OCHA also stated in addition to the poor food situation, an outbreak of cholera hit the country and since last January more than 13,600 cases were reported.
Losing family members and animals to this drought is devastating to poor rural nomads whose only commodity is their animal. When sold in the livestock market the proceeds feed the family, buy water, and it may even educate children. Owning a flock of animals is the only security a nomad family can depend on.
Now scores of families are losing everything they own to the drought. With a weak government that has no institutions and no International NGO presence in these rural villages, the severity of the situation is reaching crises point. The regions affected the most are the Northern regions of Somalia. Our partners in Somalia are reporting efforts by Somali Diaspora to help those affected, although the efforts are minimal.
We urge the International community including the WFP, The UN, USAID, The European Union and their partners to assist the drought ridden parts of Somalia with emergency aid such as food, water and shelter.
For more information please contact Humanity Against Poverty.
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