It took Fatuma Abdi Ahmed four days to hike from Kunturwaareey district in Lower Shabelle region of the South West State of Somalia, to Mogadishu fleeing the ongoing drought which has affected thousands of families in Somalia. She fled with five children, after losing two to hunger.
Hearing the heart-wrenching stories of desperate families displaced in Somalia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged a massive scale up in international support to avert a famine in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa nation and curb the spread of cholera.
As a severe drought deepens in Somalia, the risk of famine is looming in the long-troubled country, with about half the population in need of some form of assistance, according to an assessment by United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners.
Ridwan Abdi Iman was born in the village of Farjana Kismayo, twenty five years ago when the first wave of Somalis began fleeing across the border into neighbouring countries to escape the chaos caused by the collapse of the Siad Barre government in 1991.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo described the drought facing more than six million Somalis today as a “national disaster” and appealed to the international community to help raise $825 million to prevent the crisis from deteriorating into a famine during the first half of this year.
The visiting United Nations Assistant Secretary General (ASG) for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, urged the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Federal Government of Somalia to uphold the observance of human rights by its forces during upcoming joint military operations against the mi