MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) --
The top United Nations relief official in
Somalia on Tuesday stressed the need to improve
communities’ resilience to better withstand the effects
of recurring droughts such as famines in the Horn of
Clercq, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia,
said the international community wants to overcome
famine threat in northeast of Somalia but not just
humanitarian effort is our foremost priority. It is, of
course, first on our minds,” De Clercq said in a
statement issued in Mogadishu following visiting
Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, where he met with
various high-level officials and civil society
year of very hard collective work, having avoided so far
the famine, we don’t want to just say we have postponed
it, we want to say that we have successfully fought and
overcome the famine,” he said.
official said results of a recent drought impact needs
assessment, led by Somalia’s federal and regional
governments with the support of international partners,
point to food insecurity and rapid urbanization as some
of the underlying causes of the humanitarian emergency.
supporting people in emergency situations together with
simultaneously building resilience “will help prevent
the next famine and not only delay it.”
the UN, while famine had been averted in the northeast
of the Horn of Africa in 2017, thanks to the efforts of
Somalis and their international partners, the risk of
famine associated with the drought is still very
present, with millions of people in the region still in
need of life-saving humanitarian assistance.
the UN, the newly developed Plan for Somalia for 2018
reflects a commitment by aid agencies to better support
Somalis in addressing the extensive humanitarian needs
throughout the country.
the UN, food security needs have nearly doubled the
five-year average, with an estimated 2.44 million people
in crisis and 866,000 in emergency—that is, one step
away from famine—throughout Somalia.
of Somalis on the brink of famine has grown tenfold
since this time last year, says the UN.
1.2 million children are projected to be malnourished in
2018, 232,000 of whom will face life-threatening severe