Hunger looms in Somalia, but no famine declaration yet

A severely malnourished 27-month-old boy being treated in a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, on June 1, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
No official numbers for starvation deaths in Somalia are currently available, but aid workers are preparing for the worst. PHOTO: AFP
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Humanitarian aid agencies have warned that starvation deaths are ticking upward in Somalia amid a worsening drought, although the United Nations has not officially declared a famine there yet.

"It's important to remember that in 2011, at least half of the deaths happened before the famine was officially declared," said Ms Ariane Luff UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) head of strategy and resource mobilisation, referring to a famine that killed 250,000 people.

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