4 August 2011

Today, famine was declared in three new areas of Southern Somalia: in Middle Shabelle, Afgoye, and amongst the displaced community in Mogadishu.

This is a children’s famine. Tens of thousands of children have already died in the last few months. 

In some areas, the rate of severe acute malnutrition is so high – at least one in five – that if children don’t get help soon, they will die within weeks.

We are the largest supplier of emergency food in Somalia. This week, 11 flights carrying life-saving nutrition supplies will arrive in Mogadishu. 

With therapeutic feeding, a child can fully recuperate within four to six weeks. That means we can save lives if we act now.

 
On 24 July, a girl sits in Sankor, a camp for displaced people in Mogadishu, the capital. Nearly 1.5 million Somalis are internally displaced.  © UNICEF 2011/Kate Holt
On 24 July, a girl sits in Sankor, a camp for displaced people in Mogadishu, the capital. Nearly 1.5 million Somalis are internally displaced. © UNICEF 2011/Kate Holt