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Somali President Issues Appeal For Famine Assistance

Somali President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed on Wednesday “issued an urgent appeal for international aid” for famine assistance in his country during an exclusive interview with CNN at his residence in Mogadishu. “The situation is very severe. The conditions are very harsh,” he said (7/21).

“According to the U.N., more than six out of every 10,000 people are dying of hunger every day in some parts of the Bakool and Lower Shabelle regions of Somalia, with more than half the children there suffering from acute malnutrition. This is far above the normal famine threshold of two deaths per 10,000 people a day, and 30% malnutrition levels, U.N. agencies say,” the Guardian writes (Rice, 7/20). The Guardian also published a Q&A addressing the U.N.’s famine declaration in those regions (Tran, 7/20).