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Humanitarian Situation getting worse, food aid urgently needed

27 Oct 2021

Highlights

  • Drought continues to exacerbate the demand for food aid in Somalia. 3.5 million people in the country face severe food insecurity, while 2.6 million people are experiencing water scarcity across the country.
  • An armed conflict forced over 100,000 people to flee Guriceel (in Galmudug state) to 28 remote settlements. There were around 1,005 unaccompanied children and 2,009 people with disabilities among the displaced.
  • During the reporting period, 28,137 people (8,440 girls, 8,724 boys, 10,973 women and men) received emergency water through water trucking and rehabilitation of water points.
  • UNICEF has enhanced its assistance to ensure the continuity of key Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (MNCAH) services; during the reporting period, 42,390 children and women received essential healthcare services.
  • In 2021, a total of 185,188 children were admitted for treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM), with 15,609 children admitted for treatment in October.
  • Between January and October, UNICEF provided educational support to 171,607 children (82,048 girls), compared to a target of 160,000, and mental health and psychosocial support services to 57,262 children and caregivers (65% of girls and boys)

Source: UNICEF-Somalia

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