ADDIS ABABA / MOGADISHU (Reuters). The United Nations (UN) has declared the famine in Somalia on Friday officially ended.
The onset of the long awaited rains, coupled with advances in agriculture and a large-scale humanitarian relief operation that led to a significant improvement of the situation, said the new Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva before, journalists in Nairobi. Previously he had toured parts of southern Somalia.
The organization estimates that the worst drought in 60 years has cost the past year, tens of thousands of lives. At the height of the crisis, 750,000 people were threatened with starvation.
In six regions declared famine
In the summer of 2011, the United Nations had declared in six regions in southern and central Somalia’s famine. The areas are largely dominated by the radical Islamist militia Al Schabaab that allows Western aid organizations is limited.
Hundreds of thousands of desperate Somalis fled to neighboring Ethiopia and Kenya.
However, the FAO warned that the crisis situation in the country remains still precarious. “We can not prevent droughts, but we can take steps to ensure the future of them are no more starvation,” said Graziano.