29 Jan 2015
The outlook for the humanitarian situation in Somalia in 2015 remains “worrisome” a new UN study has found.
Over 730,000 Somalis face acute food insecurity, the vast majority internally displaced people.
An additional 2.3 million are at risk of sliding into the same situation.
Stephanie Castro has the story.
The total number of people in Somalia in need of humanitarian and livelihood support is estimated at 3 million, according to the report released on Thursday.
Most people in the Horn of Africa country remain food insecure, despite good rains and an increased flow of goods and aid.
Malnutrition rates remain stubbornly high with nearly 203,000 acutely malnourished children requiring emergency nutrition supplement.
The report warns that available funding is not commensurate to the needs.
Nearly 350,000 vulnerable Somalis are at risk of no longer receiving food assistance as early as February.
The United Nations Humanitarian Response Plan for 2015 requests US$863 million to save lives, improve protection of displaced people and strengthen resilience of communities to withstand shocks.
Stephanie Castro , United Nations.