Food crisis in Somalia

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Nearly five million people in Somalia are suffering from a shortage of food due to poor rainfall, floods and also been forced to leave their homes after years of conflict, the United Nations say.

More than 300,000 children under the age of five are severely malnourished and require urgent assistance.

Malnutrition levels in Somalia have increased over the last six months with nearly half the population affected.

The crisis follows poor rainfall in the south and central parts of Somalia where crop production has fallen by more than half in just six months. Farmers have also lost many of their livestock in the recent drought.

As well has drought, there has been flash floods affecting any crop production.

People are also being forced to move from their homes due to decades of  conflict and attacks by extremist groups such as al-Shabab.

Who are Somalia’s al-Shabab?
Al-Shabab, the Islamist militant group, has been battling the UN-backed government in Somalia for years and has carried out a string of attacks in neighbouring Kenya. The group is allied to al-Qaeda.

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  1. This is abhorrent! The conditions they are in are NOT adequate for any human being to be living 🙁

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