The situation in Somalia is worsening in rural areas following consecutive seasons of poor rainfall and low water levels. In the fall of 2022, the rainy season was once again absent, even though the people are still recovering from the food insecurity and famine of 2011. Somalia’s food security is once again under severe threat This has resulted in near total crop failures, reduced rural employment opportunities, widespread shortage of water and pasture – with consequent increases in livestock deaths. As local staple food prices continue to rise sharply and livestock prices decrease significantly, access to food is rapidly diminishing among poor families.
To be blunt – they starve and die. Especially the children are vulnerable to lack of food and water.
As of August 2022, 7.1 million people cannot meet their daily food requirements, and urgent humanitarian assistance is imperative, with more than 200,000 facing catastrophic hunger. An estimated 1.5 million children under 5 suffer from acute malnutrition, of which 386,000 face a high risk of disease and death.