"They die because they are drinking contaminated water. They are missing out on their vaccinations. They don’t have access to health care and they are much more
prone to sickness and disease such as measles, malaria,
diarrhoea and as we are seeing, cholera."
"The situation in Somalia is further exacerbated by the large
displacements (of families) that we are seeing, families on move
not just in Somalia but also in Ethiopia."
People in the region are moving en masse.
More than 440,000 people have been displaced inside Somalia
since November 2016, adding to the existing 1.1 million already
displaced, UNICEF said.
In Ethiopia, upwards of 350,000 people are currently in
temporary resettlement sites due to drought, and in South Sudan
the displaced population is at 1.9 million in total, with
another 1.6 million people in neighbouring countries, of which
50 percent are women and children, the agency said.
Pakkala said that with such displacement children
particularly face problems beyond the need of food and water.
"Children are at risk from and vulnerable to exploitation and
abuse and separation from their family members," she said.
"We’ve seen signs of increased gender-based violence in
Somalia and South Sudan and we are now focusing on making sure
that as communities are moving children do not get separated,
particularly as they are moving across borders."
Both UNICEF and WFP have been pleading for funding to aid
victims in the region.
However, in a related matter, as an indication of how slow
contributions have been made to aid victims, Stephane Dujarric,
the UN spokesman, told reporters that of the 4.4 billion U.S.
dollars UN relief organizations have been seeking this year for
famine and conflict victims in the "prioritized area" of
Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, donors have
provided only 984-million U.S. dollars—or only 21 percent.
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