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With Somalia in the Throes of Famine, UN Warns of Worsening Crisis
With famine already ravaging Somalia, the U.N. warns South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen are also in danger.
Internally displaced men and children shelter from the sweltering afternoon sun under a tree beside a hut on March 14 at a makeshift camp on the outskirts of Baidoa, in the southwestern Bay region of Somalia, where thousands of people arrive daily after they fled the parched countryside.
The United Nations warned of an unprecedented global crisis with famine already gripping parts of South Sudan and looming over Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia, threatening the lives of 20 million people. For Somalis, the memory of the 2011 famine, which left a quarter of a million people dead, is still fresh.
The carcass of an animal that died from severe drought lies on the ground in Bandarbeyla in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland on March 24.
According to locals, the area has seen only two days of rain in more than a year.
Somalia's drought is threatening 3 million lives, according to the U.N. In recent months, aid agencies have been scaling up their efforts but they say said more support is urgently needed to prevent the crisis from worsening.
A malnourished young boy with a mental disability lays inside his family's shelter in a camp on the outskirts of Qardho, in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland on March 26.
East Africa has been suffering from a severe drought since 2015 due to the El Nino weather phenomenon.
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