In Somalia, the number of people in need of emergency food aid is likely to rise to about 3.5m in the coming months, has warned the United Nations.
The food crisis is dramatically worsening said Mark Bowden, the UN’s humanitarian co-ordinator for the region. He also said that the situation that Somalia is facing is worse than in Darfur.
Contributing to the crisis are fighting between rival militias, successive droughts, sharply rising food prices and a collapse of the Somali currency.
During the course of the next three months, the number of people needing emergency food relief will climb by about one million from the current 2.5m, said Mr Bowden.
Trying to get food into Somalia, aid agencies face extreme difficulties.
The task is made even more difficult by the million Somalis that have been displaced from their homes because of fighting and violence.
Somalia has become one of the world’s most challenging humanitarian crises, says Mark Bowden. Now he fears that there is a sense of fatalism about what is happening to the country.