As part of Somalia Emergency Drought Response Project, IRF, through its partner Islamic Supreme Council of America, provided drought-affected families living in Buulo-Mareer, Marka and Brava towns IDP camps of South West State of Somalia with food and other basic needs to 250 vulnerable families (1,750 people) in the hard-to-reach areas of the lower Shabelle region.
These food packages consisted of Flour, Rice, Sugar, Cooking Oil and Dates, enough to feed an entire family member of 1-7 People for one month. The target groups that benefited from this intervention were the drought-affected IDPs and host community Families, including women, children, elders, marginalised and minorities. The intervention aimed to save lives and reduce the vulnerability of the drought-affected families in the target areas. The local authorly and community leaders in the region have thanked IRF supporters and everyone who made this possible for the lifesaving support provided at the right time.
Somalia is experiencing a severe drought, with millions desperately needing urgent food provisions to avoid starvation. Four consecutive failed rainy seasons and severe climate-crisis-induced drought are causing the dire situation. Combined with regional conflict, the prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. And soaring food prices tied to the war in Ukraine have resulted in a 160 per cent increase in people facing catastrophic levels of food insecurity, starvation and disease in Somalia, and the risk of famine looms more significant than ever.
According to the Food Security Cluster, the number of people needing urgent humanitarian assistance has increased. From 4.1 million in January to 7.1 million people (45 per cent of the population) between June and September 2022 are expected to face a crisis, or worse acute food insecurity outcomes and close to 1.8 million children are likely to be acutely malnourished. This figure represents 54.5 per cent of the total population of children in Somalia and includes 513,550 children who are likely to be severely malnourished.
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