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Five children die due to starvation in Somalia

December 28, 2010

The drought situation in South Central Somalia is worsening further; at-least five children are now reported to have died due to starvation and disease in the rural location of Ceel-Boon, 40 km north of Luuq District, Gedo Region.

Child malnutrition is rampant in the area. Thousands of families in Bakol and Gedo region are currently in urgent need of relief assistance.

Hundreds of internally displaced persons: Vulnerable groups mainly women, children, and elderly people previously keeping livestock in the rural outskirts of these two drought-stricken regions-are now flocking into major towns of Gedo region in search for food and water.

So far, there has been no response at all to the looming catastrophe despite repeated calls from local elders for relief assistance to the drought devastated people.

Humanitarian relief agencies operating in South Central Somalia; including WFP, the world lead supplier of relief food were forced to suspend their activities after they were banned by Al-shabab.

Local communities are very much frustrated at their inability to cope with the crisis, and the indifference of responsible parties to their urgent needs. They have termed the drought as one of the worst in recent history.