Due to drought, about half of Somalia’s people now rely on humanitarian aid. More than 300 UN organizations and NGOs are active in the country. They work under difficult conditions and can’t provide help to all who need it.
Over 20 million are facing famine and starvation in four countries, the UN humanitarian chief has warned. He has urged the Security Council to provide funds and aid access to prevent "these looming human catastrophes."
The Menschen für Menschen charity has said 5.7 million Ethiopians could die of a lack of food. Part of the problem is that other countries are faring even worse and thus getting most of the publicity.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has described the humanitarian situation in Somalia as 'a nightmare.' Half the country's population needs aid according to Guterres who was making his first trip to the region.
A persistent drought caused by the El Nino weather phenomena is causing hunger and suffering for millions living near the east coast of Africa.
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