Monday 27 March 2017

State of famine declared in Somalia

An internally displaced woman holds her malnourished son at a new settlement in Somalia's capital Mogadishu. Photo: Reuters
An internally displaced woman holds her malnourished son at a new settlement in Somalia's capital Mogadishu. Photo: Reuters

Independent.ie reporters

The United Nations has officially declared a state of famine in parts of Somalia.

Tens of thousands of people have died in Somalia from causes related to malnutrition and parts of the country are suffering from famine in the worst drought for over half a century, the UN said.

The statement by UN official Mark Bowden said malnutrition rates in Somalia are among the highest in the world.

Famine is officially defined as when two adults or four children per group of 10,000 people are dying of hunger every day and 30pc of the population is acutely malnourished.

The UN said those conditions exist in the Bakool and Lower Shabelle regions of Somalia.

Most of southern Somalia is held by Islamist rebels. They banned aid agencies two years ago but rescinded the ban this month.

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