UN: IOM launches US24.6 million appeal for drought-hit Somalia

New York, US (PANA) - To meet the emergency needs of over a million Somalis affected by drought, the UN International Migration Organization (IOM) has appealed to international donors for US$24.6 million in funding.

Humanitarian agencies were worried that the situation has started to look increasingly similar to the 2011 famine in Somalia, in which over a quarter of one million people died, IOM said Friday.

"We named this (2017) drought ‘Odi Kawayn,’ which is Somali for ‘something bigger than the elders,’” said drought victim Halima, explaining that none of the elders has ever seen a drought as severe as this one.

The IOM appeal has been designed to enhance the current response, and expand the agency’s geographic footprint within the east African country.

It noted that a massive increase in humanitarian assistance is urgently needed to avert a famine, with humanitarian agencies estimating that 6.2 million drought-affected Somalis are in need of assistance, including food, water and sanitation, health and nutrition, protection and shelter.
-0- PANA AA/AR 4March2017

04 مارس 2017 05:11:45

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