Saudi Arabia: OIC expresses concern about Somalia drought

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (PANA) – The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) has called on its members, the international community and humanitarian agencies to make more efforts to relieve the suffering of victims of a serious drought in Somalia, by raising the level of emergency aid for them.

OIC said in a statement on its website on Wednesday that it had been following with huge concern the effects of the drought in Somalia and the Horn of Africa in general which were threatening the lives of more than 17 million people in the countries of the region - Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

About six million people, about half the Somali population, presently need emergency humanitarian aid to face the acute food shortages.

According to the OIC office for humanitarian actions and development in Somalia, the number of people displaced reached 50,000 in February adding that these had left villages to cities like Mogadishu, Afgooye, Baidoa, Kismaayo, Dolow and Beledweyne.

The OIC secretariat recalled the famine that hit the country from 2010 to 2012, killing about 260,000, and appealed for a quick emergency intervention.
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09 march 2017 10:25:00

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