Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
NAIROBI

'More than 2.5 million Somalis risk death' UN says

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(ANSA) - Nairobi, July 17 - More than 2.5 million Somalis
risk dying of starvation, thirst and other preventable causes
despite global humanitarian efforts, the United Nations
coordinator for Somalia told journalists in Nairobi Tuesday.
"The mortality and malnutrition rates in Somalia have
increased considerably, becoming among the worst in the world,"
UN coordinator Mark Bowden said at a press conference.
Bowden declared that more than 323,000 children under the
age of five are severely malnourished in Somalia, and that tens
of thousands of people died last year due to drought and war.
Though the end of famine was declared in February, scarce
rain, delayed harvest and continuing conflict may worsen the
situation in the coming months, especially in southern Somalia.
"The number of people who need help will probably increase
during the second half of the year," Bowden said.

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