UN & International Community Have Failed Starving Somalis, Drought Relief Committee Claims
The Committee spearheading drought relief aid coordination has accused the international community of failing to act fast to avert more deaths from hunger.
“As far as we know the UN and other international partners are not yet on the ground to help” Sh. Nur Barud Gurxan a member of the Drought Response Committee said at a fundraiser LIVE TV in Mogadishu attended by the Prime Minister Hassan Khayre.
“The Somalis have tried what they can and we have responded to the level we can. What we see are flights taking off and landing but no food aid has arrived yet” Barud lamented.
USD 400,000 plus was raised on Friday.
The committee asked Somalis to assist each other during this difficult times.
Some 2.1 million people are facing starvation in Somalia.
On Wednesday UN Secretary General jetted into the country for an urgent assessment of the situation in the Bay region where 200 people died of starvation in the last 2 weeks .
The UN humanitarian appeal for Somalia this year is £703 million, which is required to provide assistance to 3.9 million people, while the UN World Food Program recently requested an additional £21 million plan to respond to the drought