Somali famine killed 258,000, half of them children, says UN

Almost 260,000 Somalians, half of them children, died of dire hunger from 2010 to 2012 – a toll that is greatly higher than was feared at the time, an official report said today Half of those who died were children aged below five, with almost a fifth of that age group dying in the hardest-hit area. UN officials admitted they could have done more to prepare for the famine. “Famine and severe food insecurity in Somalia claimed the lives of about 258,000 people between October 2010 and April 2012, including 133,000 children under five,” read the report.The joint report, by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the US-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), is the first scientific estimate of how many died as a result of the extreme conditions.”The report confirms we should have done more before the famine was declared,” said Philippe Lazzarini, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia. ….more

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