This year, the hopes of the population were pinned on the seasonal rains in Somalia, but they began two weeks late. And rainfall was definitely below average.
Trapped in the grip of an unprecedented drought, in terms of extent and persistence, Somalia is on the brink of the abyss. The latest figures show that at least half of the Somali people, 6 million people, are in need of humanitarian assistance and over 185 thousand severely malnourished Somali children are in danger of death.
Famine is not just hunger, but it also brings diseases and cholera. The number of children at risk of severe malnutrition is likely to increase. But the growing number of cases of measles and cholera weigh on the alarming spike in infant deaths.
The only hope is a humanitarian aid deployment by the UN and other organizations, but their space for action is plagued by safety issues.
Al-Shabaab has organized attacks throughout the entire country, preventing the organizations from doing their jobs effectively. This is why at the end of 2017, we will count more than one million and 400 thousand malnourished children in Somalia, their lives at risk.