Posts Tagged ‘drought’

GAROWE/GALKAYO/NAIROBI, 3 February 2011 (IRIN) – As drought threatens Somalia once more, humanitarians are becoming increasingly concerned about how they will reach food insecure communities living in areas controlled by armed groups. (more…)

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GENEVA, Sept 1, 2009 (AFP) – At least 50 people were killed and dozens more injured over the week in intense fighting between government troops and rebels in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, the United Nations said Tuesday.

If fighting were to continue at current intensity, Somalia’s humanitarian situation could further deteriorate, said Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, noting that half of the country’s population already needs aid.

“Some 75 percent of the people in need are concentrated in south and central Somalia, where most of the fighting is taking place, causing loss of life and livelihoods and impeding humanitarian access,” she said. (more…)

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BAIDOA, 12 August 2009 (IRIN) – Isack Abdinor Satar, 80, remembers a green and lush Baidoa, in south-western Somalia, with waterfalls in areas that are now the town’s suburbs.

Over the years, population pressure, drought and changing weather patterns have caused most of these waterfalls and springs to dry up, totally changing the town’s vegetation cover and ushering in perennial water shortages.

“In my youth, water was really available any time, anywhere in town,” Satar said. “Water flowed in different directions from various sources but all these have now dried up. I think drought has seriously affected all water sources in Bay region.” (more…)

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by Lisa Schlein
Voice of America

The International Committee of the Red Cross says the humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to deteriorate and is among the worst in the world. The Red Cross says it is stepping up its emergency relief operation for hundreds of thousands of displaced people. Lisa Schlein reports from ICRC headquarters in Geneva.

The people of Somalia are being crushed by war and drought. The International Committee of the Red Cross is one of the few aid agencies still working in this increasingly dangerous environment. (more…)

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