PM Roble travels to Geneva to attend drought conference

An estimated 6 million Somalis half of the country’s population are directly affected by the drought and are in dire need of urgent and life-saving humanitarian assistance.

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PM Roble travels to Geneva to attend drought conference

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somali PM Mohamed Hussein Roble has flown to Geneva, Switzerland to participate in a global forum on the ongoing severe drought in the volatile Horn of Africa.

The office of the PM said in a statement that Roble will deliver a speech at the conference on the current drought situation in Somalia, where almost 6 million people are facing hunger.

The PM would address the dire need for concerted efforts to mitigate the drought situation in Somalia,' it added.

According to the Concern World, Somalia is on the brink of famine similar to the 2011 one that killed over 250,000 Somalis who lost their lives to hunger and disease.

The current drought is in fact the most severe in living memory in Somalia as the result of three failed rain seasons in a row, said Ireland's largest aid and humanitarian agency.

The statement has added that the upcoming Geneva meeting will bring together donors, aid agencies, government officials, and ministers from across the world.

The PM's participation in the Geneva Conference on Drought, at this critical moment in Somalia, demonstrates his commitment to bringing the world’s attention to the drought situation in the country,' reads the statement in part.

Prime minister Roble is expected to hold talks with leaders on the sidelines of the talks in Geneva to discuss the political affairs in Somalia, mainly the ongoing parliamentary election.

After decades of conflict, piracy, terrorism and the COVID-19 made the humanitarian situation in Somalia deteriorated after the country’s two main rivers have dried up.

An estimated 6 million Somalis half of the country’s population are directly affected by the drought and are in dire need of urgent and life-saving humanitarian assistance.

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