Somalia: Over 3 million need humanitarian aid – UNOCHA

Published: August 31, 2015

Somalia: Over 3 million need humanitarian aid - UNOCHAThe humanitarian situation in parts of Somalia continues to deteriorate for more than 3 million civilians despite efforts to improve conditions by actors and donors, the United Nations relief arm warned today.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the number of people who face food crisis or emergency increased by 17 per cent, from 731,000 to 855,000. The number of those in food-stressed situations remained at 2.3 million.
In total, 3.1 million people require humanitarian assistance.
The UN deputy special envoy and also Humanitarian Coordinator Peter de Clercq called for more efforts on the latest crisis in order to save lives.
“We must continue investing in saving lives. We cannot allow a reversal in the important steps forward made on the humanitarian and development fronts”, said the Humanitarian Coordinator, “We must consolidate what has been achieved”.
More than two thirds, or 68 per cent, of the people who are in crisis and emergency are internally displaced.  Especially among them — who are already exposed to widespread human rights violations — food insecurity aggravates protection concerns: it regularly results in child labour, increased sexual and gender-based violence, and involuntary family separations, added the report.
In July 2014, humanitarian agencies and the government of Somalia raised the alarm of a new severe drought in Somalia, three years after the deadly famine that killed more than 250,000 people.
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