Monday, 12 May 2014

Somalia Government announces Drought Emeregency, appeals for International Aid

The following article is taken from Horseed Media and can be read from its original source here. Following from the article published previously on RCMSomalia, the Somali Government has announced that it is facing a severe food and water shortage. Aid agencies have warned that this could lead to a repeat of the 2011 disaster which caused the death of 260 000 people. Please pray for the afflicted people of Somalia, and pray that this drought does not spiral into a repeat of the 2011 disaster. The Catholic Church in Somalia, through her humanitarian organization Caritas Somalia, runs a number of projects to aid the Somali people, including food distribution and emergency aid. To find out more or to help, see our post on Caritas Somalia. RCMS

"The drought situation in Southern and Central parts of Somalia remains critical and despite the recent rains a large number of the country’s population is said to be at risk.

Somali Cabinet ministers on Thursday officially declared a national drought emergency.

The worst affected areas are the pastoral regions of Hiiran, Galgadud and Bakool, where livestock are dying, wheat and maize crops have failed, and the price of food in local markets is rising.

'The Government has been closely monitoring the situation in the country... a situation of severe food shortage and water,' said the Deputy Prime Minister.

He called for the International Community and aid agencies to intervene [in] the situation and provide necessary aid.

According to aid agencies, more than 51,000 children are reported to be facing malnutrition and are at the risk of death.

Last month, at least 11 People died due to acute water shortage in Hiran region.

Aid workers are also warning of a repeat of the 2011 famine, which caused the death of more than 260,000 people."

Thursday, 8 May 2014

BBC: 'Somali children 'at death's door''

The following article is taken from the BBC news website. It can be read from its original source here. Please continue to pray for Somalia, that peace and stability may finally return to this long suffering land. The Catholic Church in Somalia, through her charity organisation Caritas Somalia runs several projects aimed at helping the Somali people. Among such projects are food distribution to IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) in Mogadishu and Southern Somalia, as well as feeding programs in health centres for children and pregnant women. To learn more about the Church's work in Somalia and to help out, click on: Caritas Somalia. RCMS

"More than 50,000 malnourished children in Somalia are at "death's door" less than three years after a famine, a group of aid agencies has warned.

In a report entitled Risk of Relapse, the 22 groups said action needed to be taken to stop the country slipping back into a state of acute crisis.

It said nearly a third of the population needed aid.

These figures show an improvement on recent years but the report warns this should not be seen as a "success".

Ed Pomfret, from UK charity Oxfam, said the statistics in the report would be "arresting in almost any other situation in the world".

More than 250,000 people died in the 2011 famine, caused by a drought.

The disaster affected more than 13 million people across the Horn of Africa and triggered a major refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of Somalis fleeing the rural areas controlled by the al-Qaeda aligned al-Shabaab group.

The militants had banned several international aid agencies from distributing food in its territory.

"As we learned in 2011, not heeding the warning signs of crisis in already fragile communities can lead to tragedy," the three-page report said.

It said an additional $822m (£485m) was needed to meet funding needs for the year.

"The problem with Somalia is that it has been a crisis for over 20 years... people more or less roll their eyes and think: 'Pirates, terrorists, hunger and death, what can I do about that?'" the AFP new agency quotes Mr Pomfret as saying.

"If we don't act now, we risk the current crisis becoming a catastrophe," he said...."