The United Nations announced today that the agricultural crop is unusually good and heavy amounts of rain, in addition to food aid distributed by relief organizations,
International said in November that famine threatens 250 thousand Somalis (French – Archive)
The United Nations announced today that the agricultural crop is unusually good and heavy amounts of rain, in addition to food aid distributed by relief organizations, eliminated famine in Somalia, although the situation remained fragile, with a possibility to escalate.
The United Nations said that the crop was twice the size of crops throughout the past seventeen years, and this helped to lower the prices of food, although the mortality rate in southern Somalia is among the highest in the world.
However, the United Nations Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs in Somalia, Mark Bowden emphasized that “gains remain fragile and will turn to the contrary, without the continued support.”
Warning of Famine
The United Nations announced last July for the existence of a famine in the two regions of southern Somalia, and then extended the warning of famine in the September / September to include six regions of eight.
The organization said that initially 750 thousand Somalis are at risk of imminent death from hunger, and then reduced the figure to 250 thousand last November.
After six months of the announcement of the Somali famine areas, there were four million are in need of assistance, the United Nations said that this number is now reduced to two and thirty-four thousand.
In spite of that the provision of assistance to some 180 thousand people living in camps in the capital Mogadishu has improved the situation but the fighting in the south and center of the country disrupted the arrival of food aid to most affected areas.
Government forces are battling al-Shabab Mujahideen fighters linked to al Qaeda five years ago, despite the entry of Kenyan and Ethiopian troops to Somalia last year to participate in the battles against the movement.
And expelled youth movement last Monday the International Committee of the Red Cross – which is among the few international agencies that distribute food in areas under the control of young people – the international organization is accused of distributing expired foods on women
And crossed the International Committee of the Red Cross regrets the decision that halted the program distributed food to 1.2 million in the period from June to December / December 2011.
The Committee noted that 6% of the food supplies were spoiled withdrawn or destroyed by the youth.
The Director-General of the Organization of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Jose Graziano da Silva, “The crisis is not over and will not be deducted unless rainfall and consistently coordinated action over a long period to improve the speed of adaptation linked to population and development aid.”