Somalia: At least three million in need of aid

    | November 14, 2014

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    photo credit: REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

    photo credit: REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

    In September, the United Nations said that more than a million people in Somalia were struggling to meet their daily nutritional needs.

    But now, according to United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the country is threatened with famine. Mr. Ban says: “Over three million Somalis are in need of humanitarian assistance, and unfortunately that number is growing. I urge donors to step up contributions to avert another famine in Somalia.”

    Philippe Lazzarini is the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Somalia. He says rapidly rising malnutrition and food shortages resemble the warning signs that preceded the 2011 famine in which 260,000 people died.

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