$10 million is injected into the UN Emergency Fund to expand the Somalia drought response

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$10 million is injected into the UN Emergency Fund to expand the Somalia drought response

Source: AUN News

Martin Griffiths, the top humanitarian official for the UN, has authorized the transfer of US$10 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide emergency help to Somalia, which is on the verge of collapse following the worst drought in the country’s history.

For the first time since 2017, catastrophic levels of food insecurity have been announced, with half the population, or 7.8 million people, suffering from severe food insecurity and 213,000 people living in famine-like conditions.

“For those in Somalia, time is running out. The malnourished youngsters will likely die if we don’t act quickly, Emergency Relief Coordinator Griffiths warned. “This new financing will assist humanitarian organizations in placing staff and supplies as soon as possible to help prevent a future Somalia catastrophe. However, that is not a fix. We must mobilize all available resources to stop famine and put all hands on deck.

Since 2021, the drought in Somalia has caused the displacement of over 1 million people, and 1.5 million children under the age of five are thought to be acutely malnourished. Three hundred eighty-six thousand four hundred will need emergency nutrition therapy to survive organizations.

In the first half of this year, aid organizations helped more than 4 million people, and with the help of the increased CERF money, they are continuing to scale up their efforts to avert the worst.

With this most reign, CERF has now committed $41 million to this year’s drought relief efforts in Somalia.

Funding has provided nutrition activities and individuals in need with health, water and sanitation, safety, shelter, and education.

Season forecast

The Horn of Africa is affected by the hunger problem. Following four consecutive dry seasons, more than 21 million people in eastern Ethiopia and northern Kenyalia have experienced a fifth unsuccessful rainy season forecast for the upcoming months’ unsuccessful rainy season would increase needs.

To save lives and stop a famine, building urgently needs aid. However, building resliced against future climatic shocks requires significant infrastructure, livelihood, and climate adaptation investments.

Analysis by: Advocacy Unified Network

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