UN: Somalia on the brink of food crisis again

UN's humanitarian coordinator for Somalia warns that health care services for 3 million people may have to be shut down in a matter of weeks

UN: Somalia on the brink of food crisis again

World Bulletin/News Desk

Without immediate intervention, Somalia's food security situation is likely to get worse and, if urgent funding is not received in a matter of weeks, the country's primary health care services may have to be shut down, UN's humanitarian coordinator for Somalia said Friday.

"Due to a combination of delayed rains, rising food prices and continued conflict, the humanitarian conditions in Somalia is at risk of sliding back into crisis," Philippe Lazzarini told a press conference at the UN office in Geneva.

He said a UN-coordinated humanitarian aid plan for Somalia had received only 15 percent of the $933 million requested, a shortfall of $790 million.

"This is not your usual appeal for funds. Some of NGOs and agencies have so few resources that essential life-saving projects are facing closure," he said, adding that health care services for 3 million people may have to be shut down in a matter of weeks.

Somalia has not recovered from a devastating famine in 2011, which killed 250,000 people.

"Today, 857,000 Somalis are considered to be in ‘crisis and emergency’ conditions and 2 million Somalis are under food security ‘stress,'" Lazzarini said.

An estimated 3.18 million people require humanitarian assistance in Somalia, according to UN's humanitarian affairs office.

Nearly all humanitarian agencies are facing significant resource gaps for 2014 and some programs are beginning to close or shut down, the office's most recent humanitarian report on Somalia said.

 

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