MOGADISHU: The United Nations has reported alarming rates of malnutrition in the Somali capital where aid agencies cannot meet the needs of 350,000 people due to insufficient funds, drought and conflict.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the Somali government had compared the situation to the run-up to a 2011 famine that killed 260,000 people. The United Nations has sought to improve its early warning mechanisms after its failure to spot indications of crisis in 2010 was blamed for the scale of the famine that followed in a nation torn apart by years of conflict.
“Alarming rates of malnutrition have been observed among displaced communities in Mogadishu,” OCHA said in a report released at the weekend, citing a study by a unit of the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation. It said aid agencies were unable to meet the needs of 350,000 people who had fled to Mogadishu, saying the aid organisations faced a shortage of funds and violence in the capital that could restrict deliveries.
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