More than 2 millon children at risk of actute malnutrition
(LWI) - The Lutheran World Federation is distributing food vouchers to some of the most vulnerable households in Jubbaland, Somalia.
Somalia is weeks away from famine, according to reports from the United Nations. The country, like the entire Horn of Africa, has been hit by the worst drought in decades. It has not rained in years; livestock have died and harvests failed. The war in Ukraine has exacerbated the situation because Somalia relies on Ukraine and Russia for 85 percent of its food supplies. The war has limited production and exports, leading to an increase in prices. Many families in Somalia cannot afford to buy food.
The United Nations estimates that 7 million people need life-saving support. Two-thirds of them are children. It is further estimated that Which means that 2.3 million girls and boys are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition. People leave their homes in search of help, and often end up in one of the many makeshift IDP (internally displaced people) camps.