Somalia needs to move forward together, says president
A famine in 2011 killed more than 250,000 people in Somalia, most of them children, and Sanford said people are telling her that today's conditions are even worse.
During a visit to the drought-stricken southern region of Dollow, the UN's humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, Adam Abdelmoula, warned the situation in the country was rapidly deteriorating.
The jihadists claimed earlier this year that they had launched a “drought relief” campaign and are known for exploiting the situation to boost its popularity.
The IOM said it needs immediate funding to continue essential life-saving programs and help communities adapt and withstand future shocks.
When the rains failed for a fourth consecutive season last month, UN aid agencies and meteorologists warned that a famine was looming in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.
Four rainy seasons have failed in the space of two years – killing crops and livestock and drying up water sources, the UN said, noting that forecasts suggest the next October to December rains are likely to fail too.
The grim food security situation is unfolding as humanitarian funding from the international community has so far fallen short of coming close to what actors need to avert a famine in the country.
The camps are hosting thousands of people who fled their homes due to threats by the jihadist group Al-Shabaab as well as the devastating drought that is currently affecting many parts of the Horn of Africa region.
Some 6.1 million Somalis have been affected by the drought emergency as of May, according to a recent report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The UN agency said the drought is compounding severe vulnerabilities and humanitarian needs caused by decades of protracted conflict and insecurity, climate shocks, and disease outbreaks.
Rukia Yacoub, deputy director for the World Food Programme in East Africa told the BBC that only 15 percent of its Somalia appeal has been funded and the need is increasing every day.
The country is experiencing the worst drought since the 2011 famine following the failure of three consecutive rainy seasons, resulting in the destruction of livestock and crops.