Threat of famine grows in Somalia

Threat of famine grows in Somalia

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The signs for an acute famine in Somalia are becoming clearer. That says aid agency Save the Children Sunday.

“Babies die on the side of the road lie the corpses and desperate nomads riding through the streets with empty buses,” says a spokesman, the situation in the Somali region of Puntland.

The UN estimates that only $ 900 million is needed in Somalia is a “devastating famine” to occur. There camps more than six million people with food shortages.

Almost 1.4 million children in the African countries Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are acutely malnourished. If these children are not be helped, there is the threat of starvation, warns Unicef. In 2011, more than a quarter of a million people due to starvation in this region.

The drought in this region is caused by El Niño, a global natural phenomenon in which the oceans a lot of heat. It can lead to flooding by heavy rains or massive drought.

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