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In drought-hit Somalia, children are starving to death

December 10, 2022

Somalia is struggling through its worst drought in 40 years. Half the population is dependent on food aid.


By mid-2023, as many as half a million children under the age of five could die, says the United Nations. It’s warning of a humanitarian disaster unless an urgently needed one billion U.S. dollars in aid money arrives in time. Among the causes are climate change, food prices driven sky-high by the war in Ukraine, and an economy devastated by decades of internal conflict, the Covid-19 pandemic and Islamist terrorism. Mariel Müller reports from Baidoa in southwestern Somalia, the region hit hardest by the famine.   

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