Somalia: Puntland President declares state of drought

Published: February 6, 2016

Somalia: Puntland President declares state of faminePuntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali issued an urgent appeal for an international aid as parts of the autonomous state face a drought that has left hundred thousands of the population in dire need.
Mr Ali made the announcement on Friday after holding a meeting with International and local aid organizations on dealing with the growing crisis.
‘’The situation is very severe. The conditions are very harsh. We request for the international community to assist the many people in need,’’ he said while addressing Journalists in Garowe.
Puntland President stated Bari, Sanag, Karkaar, Gardafu and parts of Sool as the hardest hit provinces in the region.
Recently, the United Nations declared that about 4.9 million people are in need of life-saving and livelihoods support and 1.1 million remain internally displaced in Somalia.
Somalia has not had a stable government since 1991, when its military leadership was overthrown. Since then, Islamist militants have battled the central government, fostering terror across the country in their effort to establish an Islamic state. The violence has forced people from their homes and fields, and has exacerbated food shortages.
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