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On the Edge of Disaster: Somalis Forced to Flee Drought and near Famine Conditions

At present, Somalia remains in the chokehold of a severe, protracted drought. The Somali government, the United Nations (UN), and donor governments, including the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union (EU), deserve credit for acting early to address the risk of famine and avoiding a wide-scale loss of life. But the failure of the most recent rains and a third consecutive season of below normal harvest and pasture have prolonged the crisis and left significant numbers of farmers, agro-pastoralists, and pastoralist communities destitute. Worse yet, getting aid to many of the most affected areas has been a challenge due to the presence of Al-Shabaab and other non-state militant groups
which often hinder or prevent aid delivery.

Refugees International,