IOM calls for over $50m to help 2.5m Somalis as famine threatens
The UN migration agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said it needed more than $50 million to reach 2.5 million drought-affected people by the end of 2023.
IOM Deputy Director General Amy Pope, who completed a four-day visit to Somalia’s capital Mogadishu and Baidoa, said on Tuesday that the crisis in Somalia is worsening, noting that with the ith the impending fifth failed rainy season, humanitarian actors need more resources to help communities in need survive, rebuild and foster resilience.
The pope added in a statement issued in Mogadishu that the situation in Somalia, which is facing a severe drought, requires the world’s urgent attention, solidarity and support, Xinhua news agency reported.
“Communities I have met are devastated by climate change, despite Somalia being one of the lowest contributors to global emissions. Millions of people do not have enough water or food. Hundreds of thousands people could die,” she said.
Time is running out for Somalia, where rural communities face the dire consequences of a climate emergency as they grapple with decades of instability, disease and economic crises, Pope said.
Without a rapid increase in aid, the Somalia Food Security and Nutrition Analysis that was launched last week predicts that famine will be a reality in parts of the country by October.
The drought has forced more than a million people from their homes in search of water, food and humanitarian services, according to the UN.
According to the IOM, more than 80% of the displaced are women, children and the elderly bearing the brunt of the crisis, and most of the people have settled in towns where support services are already stretched and where sanitation is poor.
The last famine in Somalia was declared just over ten years ago in 2011, resulting in the death of around 250,000 people.
The current drought has already claimed the lives of at least 730 children, but the real figure could be much higher, as 7.8 million people face extreme food shortages, the IOM said.
“Without sufficient funding, millions of people in Somalia will suffer the devastating fallout from hunger, disease and displacement. The impact of this crisis will be felt for generations to come,” Pope said.
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