Two journalists among casualties in Somalia explosion
Waa bogga Wararkii ugu dambeeyay ee Puntland ka soo baxa. Boggaan waxaad ka haleysa Qoraallo, Fallanqeyn iyo Wararka Deegaanka Puntland. Puntland ama Buntland waxay si rasmi ah u tahay Dowlad goboleedka Puntland, waa maamul goboleed ku yaalo woqooyi bari ee dalka Somaaliya. Maamulkaan caasimadiisa waa Garoowe ee gobolka Nugaal.
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.
Some 4,887 suspected cases of cholera, with 16 associated deaths, had been reported from 21 drought-affected districts in Somalia as of May 15, the UN said.
The IOM said it needs immediate funding to continue essential life-saving programs and help communities adapt and withstand future shocks.
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 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.
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.
Mr. Swan also noted that some of the country’s critical priorities include finishing the constitutional review process and addressing urgent needs for improved development, security, and the current drought.
In the past, human rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have faulted the outcome of Africom’s probes claiming that they are inadequate and result in zero accountability.
Half of the population is in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. That is 7.7 million. Amongst those, six million need food assistance. As for those impacted by the drought, they're estimated to be 4.9 million.
The World Food Program’s deputy country director in Somalia, Lara Fossi, says her agency must make some hard choices on how to distribute aid because of a lack of money.
Natural disasters -- not conflict -- have in recent years been the main drivers of displacement in Somalia, a war-torn nation that ranks among the world's most vulnerable to climate change.