Somalia Appeals for Drought Assistance After Failed Rains

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - NOVEMBER 19: Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud attends the joint press conference after the first day of The High Level Partnership Forum Copenhagen (HLPF Copenhagen), which aims to maintain the momentum in the political transition process of Somalia with a view to fostering dialogue and reconciliation, in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 19, 2014. The two-day forum is built upon the results from the New Deal Conference on Somalia in Brussels in September 2013, and the HLPF Meeting in Mogadishu in February 2014 within the framework of Somalia Compact. (Photo by Freya Ingrid Morales/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. [Photo by Freya Ingrid Morales/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images]
Somali president, Hassan Sheik Mohamud, has appealed to the public and the international community to help provide food and water for people affected by insufficient rainfall in the Horn of Africa nation.

“The drought is everywhere but in particular the drought hit hard the North Western and North Eastern regions of Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland, where many livestock have already been lost” and a few people have died, Mohamud said in an e-mailed statement late Sunday.

About 5 million Somalis, more than 40 percent of the country’s population, are facing food shortages, and in excess of 350,000 children severely malnourished, the United Nations said in September.

Source: Bloomberg News.

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