Somalia: UN seeks $ 1.5 billion to help drought-affected people in Somalia


The United Nations and other humanitarian partners are seeking an estimated US $ 1.5 billion to help 5.5 million of the most vulnerable people in Somalia.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said it is releasing $ 17 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), bringing CERF funding for Somalia in 2021 to $ 52 million. of dollars.

“To save lives in Somalia and avert another humanitarian catastrophe, we must release funds now so people can protect themselves from hunger and impoverishment,” said UN humanitarian aid chief , Martin Griffiths, in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

It is estimated that 7.7 million Somalis will be in need of humanitarian assistance and protection in 2022, marking a 30% increase in needs in just one year.

In addition, according to the UN, partners will attempt to sustain the lives of 5.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance by ensuring safe, equitable and dignified access to livelihoods and essential services.

According to Khadija Diriye, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disasters of Somalia, the drought has ruined livelihoods and pushed families to the brink of disaster.

“There is a high risk that without immediate humanitarian assistance, children, women and men will starve to death in Somalia,” Diriye said.

According to the UN, Somalia is on the front lines of climate change and has experienced more than 30 climate-related risks since 1990, including 12 droughts and 19 floods.