SOMALIA: Another humanitarian crisis in Somalia shouldnot be ignored
By; Abdalle Ahmed
Mogadishu (RBC) The food security situation is expected to deteriorate in agro-pastoral parts of southern Somalia in the lean months leading up to the harvest in August. This follows the underperformance of the Gu (long) rains between April and June, which will likely result in a late and below-average harvest, UN agencies called.
According to the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) Quarterly Brief of 25 June. The mixed outlook for different parts of Somalia means that, if aid levels are maintained, the overall number of people in crisis will likely remain unchanged at 2.51 million in the second half of the year. An additional 1.3 million people are in a stressed food security situation and are at risk of sliding back into crisis without sustained assistance.
While a return to famine conditions is not expected, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network issued an alert on 18 June calling on the humanitarian community in Somalia to scale up assistance to address unusually high needs in agro-pastoral areas in coming months. The areas dependent on rain-fed farming in the southern and central regions where the situation will likely deteriorate include Bay, Bakool and Gedo regions, as well as parts of Lower and Middle Juba and Lower and Middle Shabelle regions.
Local aid agencies and media have reported in the last three weeks that many districts in the south, central and the north of the country have experiencing hard living conditions due to lack of proper water and food shortage. These regions include the Awdal region in the Somalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland.
It was also reported that concerns remain about sheep/goat pastoralists along the Indian Ocean coastline of the central and northern zones and the coastal areas of Awdal and Waqooyi Galbeed regions.
Meanwhile the flow of people from Bay, Bakool and other regions towards the border with Ethiopia continues. Those on the move cite conflict, reports of forced recruitment into armed groups and food insecurity as reasons for their displacement.
The transitional government of Somalia [TFG] does not seem to be ready to avert recurring humanitarian crisis in the country which will take lives of several hundred people similar to what happened in 2011, instead the TFG is on the spotlight to the ending of its transition time. The international community should therefore focus the ailing current circumstances of the humanitarian condition in Somalia.