Photos by Seyyed Hadi Kasaeizadeh, Mehr News Agency
These days, the disaster stricken country of Somalia is witness to one of the worst human crisis caused by famine and drought. Due to the inaction of international organizations, the lives of millions of Somalians is being threatened.
World must fund famine-wracked Somalia to prevent generation dying, United Nations warns
"The gravity of the situation demands our utmost commitment. In Somalia, famine has spread throughout the south, including Mogadishu, and could advance further over the next four to six weeks. Tens of thousands of people have died. 3.2 million Somalis are on the brink of starvation - including 2.8 million people in the south. Many are in areas where we, the United Nations and partners, have not been allowed to work." (read full report)
Iran sent the 7th humanitarian aid shipment to Somalia. The Head of Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Public Relations Pouya Hajian told ISNA the country has set up camps in Somalia to cover 500 famine-hit families. The 7th Iranian consignment was sent to Somalia Friday afternoon.
IRCS aims to hold relief and sanitation camps in Mogadishu for better use of sent food and medicines to Somalia, he added.
The Iranian shipment includes 40 tones of equipment for medical camps, tents, blanket, dish, field service and washing powder.
Over 100,000 people have fled into Somalia's famine-hit and war-torn capital in the past two months in search of food, water and medicine.
But with makeshift camps already overcrowded, hundreds have sought refuge in the crumbling shell of the cathedral, built by Italian colonial authorities in the 1920s but destroyed in years of bloody civil war.
Conflict-wracked Somalia is the country hardest hit by the extreme drought affecting 12 million people across the Horn of Africa.
The United Nations has officially declared famine in Somalia for the first time this century, including in Mogadishu and four southern regions.
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