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Four Million in Crisis in Somali Famine

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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said Monday the enormous needs of the Somali people are not being met, and the next four months will be critical to stablizing the situation. He added that that UN workers have been able to increase activities in recent weeks because of increased funding from donor countries. The UN has appealed for $1.1 billion to […]

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Famine Declared in Another Somalia Region

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says four million people are now in crisis as famine spreads in Somalia – and 750,000 are at risk of death. The U.N. reported Monday that famine has extended to a sixth region in southern Somalia and is expected to spread further in the next four months unless aid is increased. The […]

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Famine Declared in Another Somalia Region

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says famine has spread to a sixth region in southern Somalia. The world body’s Somalia Food Security Nutrition Analysis Unit said Monday that acute malnutrition and the rate of crude mortality have surpassed famine thresholds in the country’s Bay region. The report says poor households in the region face massive food deficits […]

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UN to Announce Somalia Famine Has Spread

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is expected to announced Monday that the famine in Somalia has spread to a sixth region in the drought-stricken country. A U.N. official has told VOA the famine now includes the Bay region in south Somalia. Bay is a major food-producing region of Somalia and the official said food production there has […]

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Muslim Nations Meeting on Somalia Famine

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Foreign ministers of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation are meeting in Turkey Wednesday to discuss how to combat the famine in Somalia. The representatives will talk about boosting assistance to drought-stricken Somalia and the wider Horn of Africa region. Turkey’s prime minister and foreign minister are set to travel to Somalia on Thursday. The […]

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UN Refugees Airlifts Aid Into Somali Capital

Posted August 8th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations refugee agency has airlifted aid into Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, for the first time in five years. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said the first emergency aid flight arrived on Monday, just two days after the Islamist militant group al-Shabab abruptly withdrew from the capital. The group has banned most foreign aid […]

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Somalia Central Government Condemns Militants’ Famine Denial

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s U.N.-backed central government is condemning the decision by al-Qaida-linked militants to keep international aid workers out despite a worsening famine. In a statement Saturday, Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali also accused the group, al-Shabab, of preventing people from leaving the region under their control in search of food. He appealed for help from the […]

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Somali Militants to Block Aid to Famine-Stricken Areas

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia have vowed to keep most international aid workers out of the country despite a worsening famine. This week, the United Nations declared a famine in southern Somalia’s Bakool and Lower Shabelle regions and said nearly half of Somalia’s population needs urgent aid. On Friday, the World Health Organization said five more […]

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Somali Militants Deny Famine Reports

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The rebel group that controls two famine-stricken regions of Somalia is rejecting international reports of the crisis. Al-Shabab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamoud Rage said Thursday the United Nations’ declaration of famine in Somalia is “100% false and propaganda.” The U.N. this week declared a famine in southern Somalia’s Bakool and Lower Shabelle regions, both strongholds […]

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UN to Open New Routes to Somalia’s Famine-Stricken Areas

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations World Food Program says it will soon open new routes to famine-stricken parts of Somalia where the presence of militants has made it hard to reach starving people. Executive Director Josette Sheeran said Thursday that the WFP is preparing to open new land and air routes into what she called the “core […]

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