News / Africa

Somalia Faces Renewed Food Crisis

FILE - Somali women and children sit under a tree at a refugee camp in Dolo, Somalia while waiting for food rations.
FILE - Somali women and children sit under a tree at a refugee camp in Dolo, Somalia while waiting for food rations.
VOA News
The United Nations says Somalia is facing a renewed food crisis due to a lack of rain, rising food prices and continued insecurity.

The U.N.'s Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) says 860,000 Somalis are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. It says the crisis is especially critical in rural areas of south-central Somalia and among internally displaced persons.  

In a report released Friday, the agency said more than 200,000 Somali children under the age of 5 are acutely malnourished.

FSNAU technical adviser Daniel Molla says many of those children are in northeastern Somalia, where people are dealing with a severe water shortage.

"We have seen rising childhood illnesses and also reduced access to milk for children in pastoral households, as livestock has to go to different places in search of pastures and water," he said.

Molla also says a government offensive to push al-Shabab militants from their remaining strongholds has inadvertently cut off some food supplies.

"Following the offensives, the insurgents who have been routed out of some of these areas are preventing the flow of trade, mostly food commodities, into the areas that have been liberated by the Somali government," he said. "That’s leading to a significant increase in prices and causing localized food shortages.”

Somalia was hit with prolonged drought in 2011 and 2012 that drove thousands of Somalis into neighboring countries in search of food and water.

You May Like

Obama: Alaskans Feel Signs of Climate Change

They're seeing bigger storm surges as sea ice melts, more wildfires, erosion of glaciers, shorelines More

Katrina Brought Enduring Changes to New Orleans

The city’s recovery is the result of the people and culture the city is famous for, as well as newcomers and start-up industries More

Magical Photo Slides Show Native Americans in Late 1800s

Walter McClintock spent 20 years photographing the Blackfoot Indians and their vanishing culture at the dawn of the modern age More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: eusebio manuel vestias pe from: Portugal
May 05, 2014 12:55 PM
community international solution Diplomatic and save population civilian of Somalia

by: Melusi Moyo
May 04, 2014 12:44 AM
Daniel Molla FSNAU of the UN, can you please give an assessment of Zimbabwe's needs - have you been there to see for youself and the UN

by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
May 02, 2014 7:42 PM
Why Somali government is not saying anything in public about our citizens' situation who are in dire need of food? Every crisis this country faces we come to know through UN and non-governmental organisations. This government in Mogadishu is clearly incapable of serving the people sincerely and the officials are there in their air-conditioned offices only to focus finding ways to siphon off cash aid,deposit it offshore accounts and get away with it.
May God help Somali people!

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalatesi
X
August 27, 2015 2:08 AM
Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Is China's Economic Data Accurate?

Some investors say China's wild stock market gyrations have been made worse by worries about the reliability of that nation's economic data. And some critics say the reports can mislead investors by painting an unrealistically-strong picture of the economy. A key China scholar says Beijing is not fudging ((manipulating)) the numbers, but that the economy is evolving quickly from smoke-stack industries to services, and the ways of tracking new economic activity are falling behind the change. V
Video

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
Video

Video Shipping Containers Provide Experimental Housing

Housing prices around the San Francisco Bay area are out of reach for many people, so some young entrepreneurs, artists and tech industry workers are creating their own houses using converted shipping containers. But as VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports from Oakland, the effort requires ingenuity and dealing with restrictive local laws.
Video

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
Video

Video Technique May Eliminate Drill-and-Fill Dental Care

Many people dread visiting dentists because they're afraid of drills. Now, however, a technology developed by a British firm promises to eliminate the need for mechanical cleaning of dental cavities by speeding a natural process of tooth repair. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.
Video

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.
Video

Video French Experiment in Integrating Roma Under Threat

Plans to destroy France’s oldest slum have sparked an outcry on the part of its Roma residents. As Lisa Bryant reports from the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, rights groups argue the community is a fledgling experiment on integrating Roma who are often outcasts in many parts of Europe.
Video

Video Kenyans Turn to Agriculture for Business

Each year Kenyan universities continue to churn out graduates for the job market despite the already existing high rate of unemployment among youth in the country. Some of these young men and women have realized that agriculture can be as rewarding as any other business or job, and they are resorting to agribusiness in large numbers as a way of tackling unemployment. Rael Ombuor reports for VOA.
Video

Video First Women Graduate Elite Army Ranger School

Two women are making history for the U.S. Army by proving they are among the toughest of the tough. VOA's Carla Babb reports from Fort Benning, Georgia as 94 men and those two women rise as graduates of the difficult Ranger school.

VOA Blogs