Drought, hunger push So­ma­lis to cap­i­tal amid fears of famine

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MOGADISHU, So­ma­lia — Thou­sands of des­per­ate peo­ple are stream­ing into So­ma­lia’s cap­i­tal seek­ing food as a re­sult of pro­longed drought, over­whelm­ing lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional aid agen­cies. The So­mali gov­ern­ment warns of a loom­ing famine.

The U.N. hu­man­i­tar­ian of­fice says 5 mil­lion So­ma­lis, out of pop­u­la­tion of 10 mil­lion, need hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance. The U.S. Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment says that 363,000 acutely mal­nour­ished chil­dren need ur­gent treat­ment and nu­tri­tion sup­port, in­clud­ing 71,000 who are se­verely mal­nour­ished.

Two con­sec­u­tive sea­sons of poor rain­fall, more in some ar­eas, have caused large-scale crop fail­ures andh igh lev­els of live­stock deaths. The So­mali gov­ern­ment warns of the pos­si­bil­ity of a full-blown famine in So­ma­lia.

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