Famine Kills 260,000 In Somalia, Half Are Children

"........and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows". Mark 13:8 KJV

Food aid officials said the 2011 famine in Somalia killed approximately 260,000 people, half of the fatalities were children ages five or younger, The Associated Press reported.

The country was infiltrated with al-Shabaab militants that prohibited food aid groups from delivering in the south-central region and obtaining a more accurate death toll.

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSN) conducted the report that's expected to go public on Thursday. The study was funded by USAID and the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit-Somalia.

A previous FEWSN study found that the need for humanitarian aid in Somalia has remarkably declined by 50 percent, with an estimated aid of 1.05 million since August 2012, likely because of better rain seasons that yielded better food for the people and livestock.

The new report's estimation took into account emergency and disaster-related events. The numbers were far from the figures drawn by the Department for International Development (DflD) last year that estimated 50,000 and 100,000 people, with more than half under the age of five, dying in 2011 from the Horn of Africa, which include Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.


From medical daily

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