… a severely malnourished Somalian child
It is very unsettling to see images like this but it is even more disturbing to know that about 50,000 children in Somalia are possibly looking like this. About 50,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition in the East African country and two million others face serious food insecurity.
Poor rains which have caused famine, and the civil unrest have caused hunger and starvation to be very widespread in Somalia, with many relying solely on humanitarian assistance from charity organizations, aid and relief groups.
200,000 children may starve to death, according to UNICEF. Shortfall of funds may eventually force UNICEF to stop providing food for thousands of children, stop life saving treatment for thousands battling malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia and might also stop antenatal services to about 28,000 pregnant women.
Somalia was the worst hit country in the 2011 extreme drought that affected over 13 million people across the horn of Africa. Now, many fear that massive starvation combined with the violence which has displaced thousands, will generate a large scale humanitarian crises in the already ravaged East-African country.
Insecurity and violence mainly caused by activities of the Al-Qaeda linked terrorist group, Al Shabab has simply worsened the situation. The violence and insurgency is crippling government efforts to restore peace, law and order in the country. The unrest in Somalia is preventing aid organizations from providing free-flow of humanitarian assistance. They do so at the risk of the safety of their staff and volunteers.
… a UNICEF staff administering polio vaccine
There is so much suffering in Somalia, people are dying daily of violence, hunger, starvation and disease. They need help. To help the Somalis who desperately need assistance, you can assist UNICEF to keep providing humanitarian and relief services. (Donate to UNICEF)