-- An international charity on Tuesday
warned of a potential famine in parts of Somalia without funding
to support millions of food insecure people.
International said consecutive droughts over the last two years,
exacerbated by one of the strongest El Nino events ever
recorded, have completely depleted people’s food supplies and
killed their livestock.
"We are observing the same warning signs that preceded the
famine in Somalia six years ago," CARE’s Country Director in
Somalia Raheel Nazir Chaudhary warned in a statement
Despite repeated early warnings in 2011, the response to that
crisis was too slow, and more than 260,000 people have died,
according to the statement.
The charity said prices for livestock, families’ main income,
have plunged by 70-85 percent, while prices for water and food
In some areas, the price for a barrel of water has risen from
2 U.S. dollars before the drought to 10 dollars today.
"A threefold increase in water costs means it is out of reach
for a vast majority of households.
"We are already seeing people spending half their income on
water and many families are forced to migrate in search for food
and pasture," Chaudhary said.
According to CARE’s latest assessments in Somalia, families
have to sell goats for 15 dollars whereas they could earn 70
dollars before the drought.
"The forecasts are bleak.
"If it won’t rain in the coming months, famine will become a
possibility in Somalia.
"We need funding now to prevent families from tipping over
the edge into severe hunger," Chaudhary said.