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Aid Groups, U.N. Respond To Cholera Outbreak, Severe Food Shortages In Somalia; 6M People In Need Of Emergency Assistance

Al Jazeera: Somalia faces major cholera outbreak
“The United Nations has raised alarm over a major outbreak of cholera in southern Somalia. Aid groups are already scrambling to help people suffering from severe drought and mass malnutrition. The U.N. is urging immediate action and aid to avert the crisis. Al Jazeera got access to a hospital in Baidoa in the badly hit southern region…” A video report accompanies the article (Malone, 3/28).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: 3,000 people a day fleeing in cholera-stricken Somalia as famine looms
“More than 3,000 people a day are fleeing their homes in search of food and water due to Somalia’s worst drought in 20 years, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said, warning of impending famine with children already dying of malnutrition. … More than six million Somalis — half of the population — need emergency aid, including close to one million acutely malnourished children…” (Migiro, 3/29).

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