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Half of Somalia’s population hungry as drought bites

The Horn of Africa is experiencing its worst drought in four decades.

Up to 20 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia, according to the World Food Programme, might starve to death by the end of the year.

With half of the population currently going hungry, Somalia is suffering the worst.

In rural Somalia, hundreds of thousands of people are leaving their homes and moving to internal displacement camps.

Their harvests have failed, their fields are barren, and their roadways are littered with the carcasses of their dead animals. Experts claim that this drought is the worst in the previous ten years, and hunger is imminent.

There are a large number of unaccompanied youngsters in the camps. Because their moms are confined to hospitals, where the prevalence of acute malnutrition is at an all-time high, and their dads have gone to cities in search of food, older siblings have taken on the job of caregivers.

There are now reports of deaths. Records show that between May and June, at least 26 children perished in one center in Baidoa.

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