Agency warns against Somalia food insecurity

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South Sudan, Pieri, Uror County, 07 February 2019 South Sudan’s food security is dire in 2019. Nearly half of South Sudan’s population of 11 million faces severe food shortages between January and March 2019, with 5.2 million people in need. The number of people in need is expected to increase, with more people likely to struggle to meet their food needs as the country approaches the peak of the hunger season between May and August 2019. In line with its strategy to increase the use of surface transport and reduce over-reliance on costly airdrops, WFP has successfully tested road deliveries to Uror and Nyrol by using 10 WFP fleet trucks. Both locations were previously served by airdrops. Following the success of the tests, commercial trucks are preparing to deliver larger food quantities to those locations. In the Photo: Nyabany Mun Roah, 43 years old prepares a meal for her four children outside her family hut in Karam, Uror county. “At the moment my family depend of WFP support. We lost what we planted because of the drought.” Photo: WFP/Gabriela Vivacqua

The aid agency, Save the Children, is warning that nearly half Somalia’s population of 14 million will face food insecurity from next month due to a lack of rain.

The group says more than one million children under the age of five are at risk of acute malnutrition.

Save the Children adds that people have not had enough time to recover from a prolonged drought two years ago which killed much of the country’s livestock.

Seven of the last eight rainy seasons have been poor or have failed across the Horn of Africa.

 

Sammie Idika