Somali president Hassan Sheikh begins first Ethiopia trip
The high-level drought response meeting is coming at a time when there is a severe drought in many parts of the country, as well as an ongoing war against the Al-Shabaab which lost key ground to SNA and local residents.
In Ethiopia, Concern’s activities include cash transfers, water trucking, rehabilitation of boreholes and latrines, water and sanitation, the distribution of food and non-food items, and treatment of malnutrition.
Last week, United Nations Relief Chief Martin Griffiths has visited Somalia's South West state, the epicenter of the country's severe drought.
Somalia is facing its worst drought in 40 years following the failure of the rainy season for 4 years in a row, according to the UN.
It said aid groups on the ground are doing all they can to save lives and livelihoods, noting that by the end of July, they had assisted 5.3 million people.
Mohamud has praised the UN for its continued assistance to the Somali people affected by the drought which is currently on the brink of turning into famine after failed rainy seasons for 4 consecutive years.
UN agencies estimate over 755,000 people have been internally displaced in Somalia due to the severe drought which is attributed to a failure of the rains for four years and climate change.
The drought envoy further said that there are families who have lost their relatives who were affected by the drought and preferred to live in displacement camps.
They gave priority to the most vulnerable people in areas of highest need as catastrophic hunger looms, the office said in its latest situation report.
During her stop in Kenya, she announced “nearly $255 million in additional emergency food and other critical humanitarian and development assistance.”
During the main period of a devastating famine between May and October 2011, there were more than 20,000 excess deaths per month in southern and central Somalia.
Yet, improvements in data management, with the assistance of the International Monetary Fund, may help lure foreign investment, Abdullahi said.