Somalia (Xinhua) -- The
International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched
a U.S. $24.6 million dollarS appeal on Friday to meet
the emergency needs of over 1 million Somalis affected
IOM’s 2017 Somali Drought Appeal
was developed to enhance current response and expand the
UN migration agency’s geographic footprint within the
"A massive increase in humanitarian assistance is
urgently needed to avert a famine in some of the worst
drought-affected areas of the country," IOM said in a
statement issued in Mogadishu.
The agency said the fund would help it scale up
lifesaving interventions throughout Somalia where over
6.2 million people are food insecure.
Humanitarian agencies have reported worrying
similarities to the 2011 famine in Somalia, when over a
quarter of 1 million people lost their lives.
According to IOM, wages are collapsing, local food
prices are rising, animal deaths are increasing,
malnutrition rates are starting to rise, water prices
are spiralling and Somalis are moving in growing numbers
in search of food and water.
"Without assistance, many people face malnutrition,
significantly increased risk of disease, loss of
livelihoods and even death," the statement said.
IOM said its teams are rapidly scaling up
interventions in the fields of health, shelter, water
and sanitation, protection and food security.
President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has
acknowledged the devastation of the drought and urged
all stakeholders to "respond more effectively" to the