Hunger in Somalia: Familiar menace could return

Hunger in Somalia: Lethal, familiar menace could be returning, warn aid leaders, doctors

Hunger in Somalia: Familiar menace could return

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Two-year-old Mohamed Aden has sunken eyes and protruding ribs. The boy's fragile posture has been seen many times in Somalia's recent past, and doctors and aid leaders fear the child could be the forefront of a new wave of mass starvation.

Doctors at Mogadishu's Banadir Hospital said two children died of malnourishment last week. A lack of food in many parts of the country could lead to more deaths.

The U.N.'s top humanitarian official for Somalia is pleading for more money. Philippe Lazzarini says food aid programs will soon be shut down because only 17 percent of the U.N.'s requested aid budget of $940 million has been given.

Lazzarini said 50,000 children are at immediate risk of starvation.

A crushing famine hit Somalia in 2011, killing an estimated 260,000 people.

Updated : 2021-01-24 01:39 GMT+08:00