DHAKA: Poor rains and continuing conflict in Somalia are threatening the recovery from last year’s famine, the charity Save the Children has warned.
This could put hundreds of thousands of children at risk of hunger again, reports BBC.
The charity called for an urgent increase in aid as a huge number of families in Somalia are still unable to cope with the effects of drought.
Last year, East Africa was hit by the region’s worst drought in 60 years and many thousands of people died.
It also triggered a major refugee crisis with hundreds of thousands of Somalis fleeing rural areas, much of which are controlled by Islamist militants who have banned international aid agencies.
Many people walked over the border to camps in Kenya and Ethiopia or to Somalia`s capital, Mogadishu, which is secured by African Union forces helping a UN-backed government.
On Monday, a website affiliated to the al-Qaeda group al-Shabab printed photographs of the militants burning sacks of food in the central Hiran region that it allegedly confiscated from the International Committee of the Red Cross.
It said that the food had gone bad and needed to be destroyed, the website reported.
At one stage six districts of Somalia were declared famine zones last year.
BDST: 1612 HRS, JUL 5, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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