Somalia pleads for global aid to tackle deadly drought – Middle East Monitor

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Somalia on Monday called on international donors to help the Somali people hit by the deadly drought as the funding gap widens. Anadolu News Agency reports.

Somalia’s Presidential Envoy for Drought Response Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame called Monday afternoon after visiting the drought-hit town of Bardhere in the Gedo region, home to thousands of families struggling for food and humanitarian aid Aid from the surrounding areas have fled.

Warsame called on the Somali people, international donors and “Arab Brothers” to come to the aid of the drought-affected Somali people.

The envoy, accompanied by the Qatari ambassador to Somalia and officials from a Qatari charity, visited camps for internally displaced people in the city and distributed food packages donated by the Qatari government.

Somalia is experiencing one of the worst climate change-related droughts in four decades, which have devastated the Horn of Africa country.

READ: Famine threatens Somalia in June

More than 7.1 million people — almost half the total population — are facing historic drought levels in Somalia as humanitarian groups try to step up efforts to stave off famine.

Nearly 800,000 people have been displaced due to the drought since early 2021, according to a UN statement last month.

Women and children make up 80 percent of the displaced.

Food, water, health care and shelter remain the most urgent needs as 213,000 people suffer from extreme hunger, according to the United Nations.​​​​​​​

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