IRC calls for international funding as Somalia suffers further drought

  • A sixth failed rainy season is predicted in Somalia, as the number of households affected by the worst drought in decades continues to grow every day.
  • While an official famine declaration has not yet been made, we are already seeing people die every day from extreme hunger, malnutrition, and preventable diseases.
  • Shashwat Saraf, IRC regional emergency director for East Africa said, “We urge international leaders and donors to learn from experiences of the 2011 famine where over 250,000 people died, half who died before the official famine was declared.”
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