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More than 700 children have died in Somalia nutrition centres, U.N. says

More than 700 children have died in Somalia nutrition centres, U.N. says

EMMA FARGE and ABDI SHEIKH HUNDREDS of children have died in nutrition centres across Somalia, the U.N. children's agency (UNICEF) said, a day after the global body warned that parts of the country will be hit by famine in the coming months. An official in one Somali region described famished people walking long distances with children on their shoulders to escape from drought and violence inflicted by Al Shabaab militants. Some children died along the way. The Horn of Africa region is facing a fifth consecutive failed rainy season. A 2011 famine in Somalia claimed more than a quarter of…
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UN humanitarian chief warns of looming famine in Somalia

UN humanitarian chief warns of looming famine in Somalia

PARTS of Somalia will be hit by famine between October and December as drought worsens and global food prices surge, the United Nations said on Monday. The Horn of Africa is experiencing its worst drought in 40 years and experts say the region is on track for a fifth consecutive failed rainy season. "Famine is at the door," U.N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said at a news conference in Somalia's capital Mogadishu. The indications were that famine would affect parts of south-central Somalia but it was worse now than those of 2010 and 2011 due to four failed rainy seasons…
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‘Widen gaze from Ukraine’ to avert famine in Somalia, U.N. agency warns

‘Widen gaze from Ukraine’ to avert famine in Somalia, U.N. agency warns

The world must "widen its gaze from the war in Ukraine" to prevent Somalia from sliding into famine, the United Nations' children's agency said, warning only a third of the $250 million needed to stave off catastrophe had so far been raised. Four consecutive rainy seasons have failed in the Horn of Africa - the worst drought spell in more than 40 years - and a fifth in October-December also looks likely to do so. Drought has combined with a global rise in food and fuel prices, pushed up by the war in Ukraine, to hit millions across the continent,…
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Tigray forces leaving Ethiopia’s Afar region, says spokesperson

Tigray forces leaving Ethiopia’s Afar region, says spokesperson

REBELLIOUS Tigrayan forces are completely withdrawing from the neighbouring region of Afar in Ethiopia, a spokesperson for the Tigrayan forces told Reuters, saying he hoped it meant that desperately needed food aid could finally pour into famine-hit Tigray. "Our forces have left all of Afar," Getachew Reda, a spokesperson for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), told Reuters on Monday. Reuters could not immediately independently confirm Getachew's statement. Afar's police commissioner Ahmed Harif said Tigrayan forces had withdrawn from the town of Abala but were still in three of the region's districts. He said the forces were also in control…
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Catastrophe looms in Ethiopia – UN

Catastrophe looms in Ethiopia – UN

A de facto blockade on aid to the Tigray region in Ethiopia's north is bringing millions of people to the brink of famine, the United Nations humanitarian agency has said, warning of "looming catastrophe". The U.N. agency OCHA called on all parties in a 10-month-old war in Tigray to allow the movement of aid into the region where it said 5.2 million people, or 90% of the population, urgently need humanitarian assistance. Those include 400,000 people who are already facing famine conditions, it said. War broke out in November between Ethiopia's federal troops and forces loyal to the Tigray People's…
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Ethiopia says aid flights to Tigray allowed, but none has yet left the capital

Ethiopia says aid flights to Tigray allowed, but none has yet left the capital

ETHIOPIA has allowed humanitarian flights to its northern Tigray region, amid concerns that aid is not reaching people facing famine, but the civil aviation head said no such flights had yet left the capital. Ethiopia's government has been battling the Tigray People's Liberation Front since November and thousands of civilians and an unknown number of combatants have since been killed. Last week, government forces said they had withdrawn from the Tigray capital of Mekelle, but the TPLF said its forces seized the city, a major shift in the conflict. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government declared a unilateral humanitarian ceasefire and…
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As millions face famine, women at risk as they eat last and least

As millions face famine, women at risk as they eat last and least

SONIA ELKS WITH millions on the brink of famine in four nations, women and girls will be hardest hit due to cultural beliefs and COVID-19's economic impacts, according to the charity CARE. The coronavirus pandemic could nearly double the number of acutely food insecure people to more than 270 million by the end of 2020, the United Nations said this week, with famine looming in parts of Yemen, South Sudan, Burkina Faso and Nigeria. "There is a huge risk that millions of women and girls around the world are already going hungry," Sarah Fuhrman, a humanitarian policy specialist with CARE,…
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‘Famine looms in southern Madagascar’

‘Famine looms in southern Madagascar’

STEPHANIE NEBEHAY FAMINE threatens southern Madagascar after drought and sandstorms ruined harvests, reducing people to eating locusts and leaves, the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday. The lives of children are in danger, especially those under five years old whose malnutrition rates have reached "alarming levels", Amer Daoudi, senior director of global WFP operations, said by videolink from Madagascar's capital Antananarivo. At least 1.35 million people are in need of food assistance in the region, but the WFP is only reaching 750,000 with "half-rations" due to financial constraints, he said. "Famine looms in southern Madagascar as communities…
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Floods, fighting, famine: Inside South Sudan’s triple crisis

Floods, fighting, famine: Inside South Sudan’s triple crisis

SAM MEDNICK PIBOR, South Sudan  Tucked away behind the bend of a swollen river, an hour and a half by motorboat from the region’s main health centre, local residents in the remote South Sudanese village of Lekuangole say their children are starving to death. There’s the three-year-old son of Ngalan Luryen who died of hunger last February after a week hiding in a forest from militiamen. And there’s the nine-year-old grandson of Anna Korok who lost his life in July when conflict split him from his family and left him nothing to eat. “We need food,” Korok told The New…
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In Sudan camp, a Tigray farmer once displaced by famine now shelters from war

In Sudan camp, a Tigray farmer once displaced by famine now shelters from war

SEHAM ELORABY and BAZ RATNER ETHIOPIAN farmer Berhan Halie came to Sudan 35 years ago to escape hunger. Now 65 and walking with a stick, he is back again, this time to escape the bullets and bombs of the conflict in Tigray, fleeing from his village as neighbours lay dead on the ground. Berhan and his family spent days walking to the border crossing with Sudan, among more than 45,000 who have fled from fighting between the Ethiopian government and rebellious Tigray forces. After crossing two weeks ago, he was brought by bus to the Um Rakuba camp in Sudan's…
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