UCF Global Perspectives


Somalis, South Sudanese Flee Amid Fears of Famine

Christy Box, Global Connections Scholar, Human Rights and Refugees

March 2, 2017

In Somalia, drought, harvest failure and ongoing conflict with al-Shabab extremists have left half of the population in need of humanitarian aid. Thousands have gone to the food centers in the capital seeking relief from the famine and may be pushed to leave Somalia as the crisis continues (AP). In South Sudan, tens of thousands of mostly women and children are fleeing into Sudan to escape the famine. The UN expects the famine in South Sudan to leave 5.5 million people without a reliable food source by July (Reuters 1).

Almost 1.4 million children are at risk of death from looming famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Some famine-struck areas are beyond humanitarian reach (UNICEF). The UN Humanitarian Office estimates 363,000 children are acutely malnourished in Somalia (AP). British officials announced recently the United Kingdom will be contributing a total of $250 million to Somalia and South Sudan for famine relief (Reuters 2).








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