Somalia, UN appeal for urgent support for starving Somalis

MOGADISHU (SD) – The Federal Government of Somalia and United Nations (UN) have jointly appealed for $1.09 billion to support four million Somalis in horn of Africa nation.

In a statement issued on Monday, UN and Somalia said about 4 million people will be in critical need of humanitarian assistance across the country this year.

According to the statement, the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan has sought US$ 1.09 billion to provide life-saving assistance to Somalis.

The statement further noted the combined effects of climatic shocks and disease outbreaks had plunged millions of Somalis into starvation.

“Multiple crises including erratic climate shocks, protracted conflict, disease outbreaks and a massive desert locust infestation have driven millions of children, women and men in Somalia to the brink of survival,” said UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator Adam Abdelmoula.

Abdelmoula stated the world body expects humanitarian needs to grow during 2021 saying “Our support in ensuring availability and access to basic services such as food, shelter and health services is therefore vital.”

Humanitarian Affairs Minister Khadija Diriye said donor support should be focused on building resilience and ensuring stability noting that lifesaving assistance alone was not sufficient.

“We therefore call on donors to also prioritise programmes that tackle structural and chronic development challenges in Somalia including but not limited to protection of women and girls,” the Minister said. “We are committed to work with all partners to make lasting impact for the most vulnerable individuals and communities across the country.”

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