UN official: Continued aid crucial to avert Somalia famine threat
06.09.2017 08:02 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
As of this week, while speaking within the launch of a flagship food security and nutrition assessment of the Horn of Africa country, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, has said despite collective international efforts to tackle famine within Somalia, sustained funding is still needed to prevent the humanitarian situation from getting worse , UN Radio reports.
As to him, so far US$900 million has been raised this year to provide life-saving relief.
«We need to continue this response at a pace of about US$100 million per month. That is a lot of money and we hope well indeed be able to get it from donors. But this is absolutely necessary if were to avert the risk of famine in some isolated areas and also to maintain the health situation,» he said.
As to the report, Mr de Clerq made the urgent appeal amid signs of a significant outbreak of both Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) and measles.
Reportedly, now 6.2 million Somalis need food assistance, while 1.1 million have been displaced by the drought, due to poor rainfall and crop failures.