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...."

1 comment:

  1. The problem with Somalia is not because of a drought, it is because of radical Islam and civil war. The BBC and the west failed to admit this, for them it is easy to say drought because they don't know anything better. There are dry parts in Somalia but there is also dry parts in Chile and Botswana and we don't see famine. Somalia is big country if the farmers land becoming dry they should move to other parts of the country where there is good soil. How about educating fish farming? there is a lot of fish in the Indian Ocean, the aid agencies can simply move to the poor people where the water is. People should learn from their mistakes, and the Somalis need to learn from their mistakes, they need to stop fighting with each others and with other people who are trying to help.