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Emergency Directors Group team warns of “real risk of famine” for drought-affected Somalia

01 Aug 2022


OCHA’s Director of Operations, Ghada Eltahir Mudawi, with a baby at the camp. (UN Photo/Fardosa Hussein)

Baidoa, 1 August 2022 — When the last of her camels died, 35-year-old Cibaado Mohamed had to flee her village in search of water, food and shelter.

She thought of the last time a prolonged drought struck Somalia, when famine conditions killed a quarter of a million people in 2011. She was desperate to escape the threat of famine again.

After a long trek with her five young children, Cibaado reached Raama Cadeey camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Baidoa, South West State. Established in January, the camp is one of many where UN and local and international NGO partners are working hard to provide food, water, sanitation, shelter and protection support. It hosts thousands of displaced families, and a fresh influx of people arrive every day seeking aid.

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