Somalia: Nearly 860,000 People Remain Acutely Food Insecure-FAO

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Somalilandsun – Successive seasons of near to above average rainfall in most parts of Somalia, low food prices and continued humanitarian response have brought down the number of people requiring urgent, lifesaving humanitarian assistance from its peak of 4 million during the 2011 famine, Food and Agriculture Organization Somalia office said on Tuesday.

A Statement from the Organization’s Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) stated that nearly 860,000 people remain acutely food insecure in Somalia with 51,000 children facing increased risk of death.

FSNAU together with The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) warned that an estimated 857,000 people in Somalia will be in Crisis and Emergency, requiring urgent humanitarian assistance between now and June this year.

Internally Displaced People continue to constitute a majority (74%) of the 857,000 people in Crisis and Emergency, according to FSNAU.

FAO said that the populations experiencing acute food security crisis are also found in large numbers in rural and urban areas in Sanaag, Sool, Bari, Nugaal, North and South Mudug, Galgaduud, Hiran, and Middle Shabelle as well as Middle and Lower Juba regions.

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