750,000 people have to flee in Somalia because of a devastating drought. The United Nations warns that the number could continue to rise.
the essentials in brief
- 750,000 people were displaced from their regions in Somalia this year.
- The reason for this is a devastating drought and the ensuing hunger crisis.
- It is assumed that seven million people will be affected this year.
Around 750,000 people have already had to leave their homes in Somalia. According to the United Nations, the reason for this is a devastating drought. A similar thing happened last year.
This means that a total of one million people have left their villages in the East African country since the beginning of 2021. In these, water sources have dried up or livestock have died.
This was reported by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Geneva and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) on Thursday.
No two drought years in a row for 40 years
The NRC director in Somalia, Mohamed Abdi, spoke of ringing alarm bells. “Financial support must be increased before it’s too late,” he said. Two years of drought in a row have not happened in Somalia for 40 years. It is the fourth time since the end of 2020 that an otherwise usual rainy season has partially failed.
Overall, the number of people threatened by a hunger crisis is likely to rise from five to seven million this year. That applies to Somalia, as the organizations report. For 213,000 people, the situation threatens to become catastrophic if more donations are not collected.
Reasons include climate change and the Russian attack on Ukraine. This prevented grain exports for months.
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