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Famine declared in Somalia

The UN has today declared that regions of southern Somalia are officially suffering from famine. This is a crisis that is rapidly descending into a catastrophe. Concern Worldwide is responding, but support is needed now more than ever.

I have just returned from a trip to Somalia, where I saw the severity of this crisis firsthand. What I have seen this week is truly shocking. The people I met, and the stories I heard, are heartbreaking. 

Situation worsening

I met families who have been separated; children and elderly people dying from hunger and disease; and people who have had to walk for days and weeks to find help. But, the most disturbing realisation is that this is only going to get worse.

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Food crisis

This has already been described as the worst food crisis in the world today. Given the severity and the scale, it is the worst food crisis in Africa since the Somalia famine in the early nineties.

Brink of catastrophe

The next harvest is not due until October. It is being predicted that will not be enough to lift this crisis. From what I’ve seen in the last few days, the situation is on the brink of a catastrophe. The number of people dying is rising sharply. 

Helping the poorest people

Concern has been working in the region for decades and has been responding to this crisis since late 2010. We are currently reaching 400,000 people across Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.