UN: 2 million Somalis need food aid

2012-09-11 22:25

Geneva - Around 2.1 million Somalis still need food aid and are facing a critical situation despite a fall in the number of people at risk in the last six months, the United Nations said Tuesday.

"The number of people in crisis in Somalia has reduced by around 16% over the past six months, from 2.5 million to 2.1 million," Jens Laerke of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told reporters.

In 2011, famine in the country caused the deaths of tens of thousands of people and affected more than four million people, or more than half of the population, according to the UN agency's figures.

Despite "sustained humanitarian assistance over the last year" and improved food stocks linked to an exceptional January harvest, Laerke nonetheless said he expected the situation to deteriorate because of a poor harvest after the April to June rains.

"Overall, despite the recent improvements, the humanitarian situation in Somalia remains critical and must remain on the global agenda to avoid the risk of reversing the gains made," he added.

Action for the remainder of this year includes rebuilding the livelihoods of those affected by famine in the past and providing them with the means to withstand future shortages, Laerke said.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-12 04:44

    . It are the Fidels from the loony left, who much rather have these Africans starve to death, than get emergency aid from the USA and Europe. THAT is the reason that Africans throughout this continent despise these 'disturbed' people !!!!!

      amanda.victor.92 - 2012-09-12 08:58

      Seriously? How about these people help themselves? How about they don't have kids they can't look after? How about they start developing their OWN countries instead of relying on the evil West? It's because the West keeps feeding them that they never help themselves. We need to stop feeding them. And have a look on the bag in the picture - the food comes from the USA. You are so stupid, it's beyond belief.

  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-09-12 07:34

    Self inflicted and they keep breeding like flies.

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