At least seven people, mostly children, have recently died from hunger in Somalia as the country endures the worst drought in the past decade. Villagers from Mahaa Saeed, in eastern Shabelle, tell AHN that three adults, two children and two elderly women died of famine.
“The humanitarian situation here is very precarious, people are dying because of lack of food to eat and water to drink—a humanitarian disaster may take place here if the need assistance is not met on time,” a village elder who asked for anonymity told AHN by telephone, early Sunday morning.
The old man concealed his name because anti-government militants do not want the Somali people to send relief requests to the international community. The villager called on the terror group al Shabaab to lift a ban it has imposed on aid agencies so that relief workers can reach people in the region. Militants banned aid agencies in 2009, saying they were Western spies and were spreading anti-Islamic ideology.
In Awsweyne, four people have died of hunger in the past 24 hours.
“We have buried 4 children, all of them under five years of age. They died from hunger and we are afraid that more other people will perish because of the widespread malnutrition,” village elder Hajji Abdi Raghe told AHN.
The aid ban imposed by militants has deteriorated the already poor living standard in Somalia, where the United Nations estimates that more than 3.5 million people are in need of emergency life-saving food assistance.
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