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Somalia’s deadly drought encourages mass migration

People in some parts of the Horn of Africa are heading to different towns and cities for water and food, further testing the government’s vulnerable response.

About 3.5 million Somali people are already facing serious food insecurity. (AA)

Somalia has already been hit by climate change-related disasters such as floods and desert locust invasions and is now on the verge of a deadly drought causing massive evacuation.

People in some parts of the country are heading to different towns and cities for water and food, further testing the government’s response to imposing a state of emergency to confront the crisis.

The most damaged areas include the bay, Bacol and Ged areas.

Baidoa, the capital of the Bay region, is home to more than 400,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and welcomes many from different parts of the Southwest.

According to South West Somali Humanitarian Minister Abdinasil Abdi Arche, the majority of these refugees have lost their sole source of income, livestock.

“In Southwest, Baidoa is home to more than 400,000 internally displaced persons, most of them children and women. The situation is critical,” he told Anadolu Agency on Friday.

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Humanitarian crisis

“Drought and blockade combined Al shabaab In some parts of the state, we are causing disasters that we cannot deal with. “

“People without these shelters have nothing to eat or drink. They need to help them before it’s too late.”

Last November, Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble declared a state of emergency.

He called on the general public, religious scholars, businessmen, and the international community to unite and help those in need.

In addition, according to a recent report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), seasonal rains have failed to sedate the country for the third time since late 2020.

About 3.5 million Somali people are already facing serious food insecurity, and without urgent and increased support, the situation is likely to get worse, UN agencies said.

The Turkish Red Crescent, which has been a humanitarian aid campaign in Somalia since 2011, has doubled its efforts to help families in need.

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Source: AA

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