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Concern Worldwide (UK) calls for global action to avert a major humanitarian crisis in Somalia where the UN has today issued a “final warning” that famine is imminent.
The UN has today declared that famine is at the door for parts of Somalia, with concrete indications that parts of Somalia will face famine between October and December.
Concern Worldwide (UK)’s Executive Director Danny Harvey said:
"Concern has had its worst fears confirmed by this announcement; that we are rapidly running out of time to save lives. Half of the 260,000 deaths during the Somalia famine in 2010-2011 occurred even before famine was declared. We know too well that by the time famine is officially declared, it is just too late.
“We, along with many others, have been warning of an impending crisis for months. Climate change is related to four failed rainy seasons in the region, with a fifth predicted this autumn. Drought coupled with prolonged conflict, economic turmoil, and now the impact of the conflict in Ukraine, have pushed millions across Somalia and East Africa into extreme hunger.
“Right now, more than 22 million people are acutely food insecure across this region, and the numbers will continue to rise if global action doesn’t materialise now. Behind these statistics are real people, with women and children at greatest risk of death.
“Concern has been working with partners to treat thousands of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition and to provide emergency water and cash to families. It is unacceptable that the international response has neither been adequate nor timely and with opportunities missed, the situation has deteriorated to this catastrophic point.
“Donors must work with the NGOs that are working in communities to live up to their commitment of ‘never again’ after the catastrophe of 2010. International funding and action has to catch up with the escalating need and save lives.
“I hope that the new UK Prime Minister, Liz Truss, prioritises this humanitarian emergency with utmost urgency, ensuring the UK will play a key role in critical response, just as it did in 2016-2017.”
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