The drought in eastern Africa has brought vital danger to the region. The drought in the Dark Continent has affected at least 10 million people. It is observed that Somalia has been the country to be affected by the drought most. The drought and drought-induced hunger caused desperate hundreds of thousands of Somalis to migrate to neighbouring countries Kenya and Ethiopia. The Somali people, who have already been in difficult circumstances due to instability and economic woes, faced another disaster. It is stated that the number of people who are in need of emergency aid increased from 6.3 million (earlier this year) to 10 million, the majority of who are in Kenya.
The UN to declare Epidemic of Hunger
Following the ongoing effects of drought, it was recorded that the United Nations would declare an Epidemic of Hunger in drought and poverty-stricken Bakool and Lower Shabele. While 30 percent of children in Somalia are faced with malnutrition, it is recorded that four of every 10 thousand children die each day.
The last Epidemic of hunger in Somalia was declared in 1992. As a result of the epidemic of hunger during the civil war, 200 thousand people lost their lives. However it is feared that this time the number of deaths will be higher than the last time. The most important reason for the severe drought, compared to the previous years, is regarded to be the death of livestock. The majority of the Somali people are known to be nomadic and are known to rely on animal husbandry.
The IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation set off to the region where a human drama is being experienced. The IHH has sent an emergency aid team of 4 people to Somalia. The IHH team will initially go to Kenya and will carry out works on the Kenya-Somali border where about 400 thousand people have taken refuge in the camps and are trying to survive. Our foundation first of all will carry out emergency aid works in the region and then will prepare a report to list what more can be done in the region following inspections. Meanwhile, we expect support from our people to the people of Somalia who struggle with hunger before the upcoming month of Ramadan.