- Written by Abdullahi
- Category: Somalia
Narobi: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Friday appealed for $92 million to alleviate the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Somalia.
Almost 6 million people are in urgent need of food in the Horn of African nations, Xinhua quoted ICRC's Dominik Stillhart, Global Director of Operations, as saying.
"We are appealing to the international community to extend assistance in order to avoid deaths from lack of food," Stillhart said after visiting Somalia to access the humanitarian situation. He noted that the main driver of food insecurity is the ongoing protracted conflict as well as the systematic lack of respect for international law and especially in conflict-affected areas.
Suspected pirates surrender to crew members of the CGC Boutwell.
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Pirates from Somalia are taking advantage of a diminishing international security presence in the region.
By Anthony Chibarirwe •
There has been a “sudden uptick” in piracy off the coast of Somalia in recent weeks, the head of the United States Africa Command, Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, confirmed during a press conference in Djibouti on April 23. He encouraged the shipping industry to increase its security operations.
That exhortation equally applied to international naval forces, directly or indirectly.
Hunger in Somalia has doubled the number of children admitted at nutritional centres supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) even with the onset of the rainy season.
In Baidoa town, this nutritional centre is one of few facilities where malnourished children below five years of age can access treatment in south and central Somalia.
Baidoa hospital which hosts the nutritional clinic has recorded an increase in patients, which has stretched the hospital’s capacity far beyond its 150-bed limit.
Tents have been put up to accommodate more patients.
The centre has now admitted 230 children compared to the 100 children admitted the same time, last year.
from International Committee of the Red Cross.
Hunger and thirst, the deadly consequences of Somalia’s drought, have doubled the number of children admitted to the nutritional centre in Baidoa. The centre, one of the few places where malnourished children under age five can get life-saving treatment in south and central Somalia, has more than twice as many children this year compared to last year. In a similar centre in the country’s southern port city, Kismayo, the situation is much the same, the facility is overwhelmed by the high number of mothers streaming in with children visibly wasted, and in urgent need of medical help.
At Baidoa hospital, tents have been put up to accommodate an increase in patients that has stretched the hospital’s capacity to far beyond its 150-bed limit. The centre has now admitted 230 children under the age of five, who are staying with either their mothers or care givers. This time last year, the figure stood at 100.