Crisis in Somalia
By admin March 21, 2017

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Somalia is on the brink of catastrophic disaster. More than half of Somalia’s population is in need of food assistance –over 6 million people, according to UN’s recent figures. With the terrorist group, Al-Shabaab, lingering around the country, they block the roads leaving “no access for food aid.” The Somali people have been “neglected” from the world. Not only is Somalia facing drought and famine, but also diseases like cholera and measles are beginning to compound the effects of the crises.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), if “action is not taken immediately, early warning signals point towards a growing humanitarian crisis in Somalia of potentially catastrophic proportions.” The IOM’s drought appeal for Somalia was created in 2017 to enhance response. The drought brought about by two failed rain seasons has left the price of a barrel of water to USD $15. About ¾ of the country’s livestock has died, while cereal production is down 75 percent, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). Humanitarian organizations have estimated that approximately 6.2 million are affected by the drought in Somalia and need of assistance, be that food, water, sanitation, health and nutrition, or protection and shelter.

In early March 2017, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited Somalia to “mobilise the international community” and to rescue those affected by the drought. NGO’s from around the world are sending donations to Somalia to help relieve those in need of immediate assistance. He appealed for $825 million for aid to focus on drought and cholera. This would help 5.5 million people to survive the next six months. Mr. Guterres stated that there are about 330,000 malnourished children, 3.3 million people in need of medical care, and 7.731 cases of cholera (183 fatal), all in just the past two months.

In the surrounding area, approximately 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria are faced with starvation and famine. Famine, defined by the UN and other organizations, is when “more than 30 percent of children under age five suffer from acute malnutrition and mortality rates are two or more deaths per 10,000 people every day.” In Somalia alone, 1 million children under five years old will be “acutely malnourished” this year. Women and children walk miles and miles in search of food and water. Their livestock is dead and the water sources are dried up, according to Stephen O’Brien.

A model that Turkey used in 2011 and 2012 offers an “innovative perspective.” They combined aid and development, providing “direct and often unconditional assistance to the Somali government,” while focusing on “high-impact infrastructure development projects.” Most important to point out is that they were all on the ground. Turkey’s hopes are for Somalia to maximize this learning experience into one of their own.


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