‘Famine will likely occur in Somalia this year’, US says

Jake Sullivan

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – A worsening drought is likely to push Somalia this year into famine, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Wednesday, just days after UN humanitarian chief wrapped up a visit to the Horn of Africa nation.

“This week, it was projected that Famine will likely occur in Somalia this year,” Sullivan tweeted.

“This is preventable with timely assistance. The U.S. is already providing $1B in aid for the Horn of Africa, including $700M for Somalia. We need more donors to act to prevent further loss of life.”

Following his visit to Somalia last week, UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said he was “shocked by the level of pain and suffering we see so many Somalis enduring.”

“Famine is at the door, and today we are receiving a final warning,” he added.

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