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Christian Aid Urges UK Government to Take Action to Alleviate Suffering of Drought Crisis in Somalia

In the face of the longest drought on record in Somalia, the International Development Agency Christian Aid has called on the government to take action to alleviate the suffering of the millions affected by the crisis. Reportedly, the drought had killed 43,000 people in the previous year.

Jennifer Larbie, Christian Aid’s Interim Head of Global Advocacy & Policy, called on the UK government to take action: “The UK Government needs to heed the alarms. Ministers must urgently get more funding to the front line of this hunger crisis, mobilise the international community to act and ensure all humanitarian support is directed to local actors who are best placed to respond.”

Sources had it that Christian Aid is currently on the move, alongside local partners in Kenya and Ethiopia to provide help to over 300,000 persons affected by the drought. The humanitarian Christian organisation had taken to fixing wells, giving out water purification kits, trucking water system, as well as providing funds support to drought-stricken regions. 

According to Premier, Adoko Hataro Engang, aged 76, is one of the many that were provided with help by Christian Aid. He lived with his relatives in an internally displaced people camp in South Omo, and his farm has been damaged by the severe drought. “I remember when I was young, the rains would follow the drought season, and flooding devastated everything”, Adoko Hatoro Engang explains. 

“If I am able, I eat once a day. We only share very small amounts of food we cook, using the money Christian Aid gave us.”

The drought, which has been exacerbated by climate change, has hit Somalia hard, with crops failing and livestock dying. According to the United Nations, an estimated 3.2 million people in Somalia are facing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity.

Christian Aid has called on the Somali government to prioritise the needs of the most vulnerable and to provide urgent assistance to those in need. In addition to providing emergency assistance, Christian Aid has also called for long-term solutions to address the underlying causes of the crisis. This includes investment in sustainable agriculture, water conservation, and disaster preparedness. 

The situation in Somalia is a stark reminder of the urgent need for action on climate change, and the international community has also been called upon to provide support to Somalia.

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