With no food and water, over 8,000 Somalis a day are leaving their dry and empty land to look for help. The drought has killed their animals and their crops have failed.
IOM DTM Somalia indicates that in March alone, over 270,000 individuals have been displaced, totalling approximately 500,000 due to drought.
These new displacements come in addition to the 1.1 million of already internally displaced persons in the country. In this context, the U.N. released an alarming prediction: the number of IDPs is expected to increase from 1.1 million to 3 million individuals by June 2017.
Time is vital if we want to prevent further catastrophe.
“Inaction could mean the starvation of millions. We have an opportunity to stop famine from spreading and affecting more and more people, but only if we move fast.” Mohammed Abdiker, IOM’s Director of Operations and Emergencies
Over 6 million people, or more than half the country’s estimated population of about 12 million, need immediate assistance. Among them, at least 363,000 acutely malnourished children face the threat of starvation.
Our partner, IOM, is on the ground providing children and families with food and water, non-food supplies and shelter, as well as healthcare. You can help us deliver more live-saving relief to Somalis around the country by making a donation today.
To respond to the drought and food crisis, IOM issued an emergency appeal of USD 24.6 million to assist more than 1 million individuals.
*Picture credit: Mary-Sanyu Osire