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Drought-stricken Somalia ‘hangs in the balance’: UN chief ( hindu)

439,000 people are at risk of famine, says Antonio Guterres  British Prime Minster Theresa May and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday for more support for drought-stricken Somalia, with the U.N. chief requesting another $900 million in aid this year.  They spoke at a high-level conference to address the Horn of Africa nation’s deepening humanitarian and security crisis.  “Somalia now hangs in the balance between peril and potential,” Mr. Guterres said. “Here in London we can tip the scales from danger to safety.”  Mr. Guterres said some 439,000 people are at risk of famine and more than 6 million are “severely food insecure.”  Somalia is also facing new military interest from the United States, as President Donald Trump has approved expanded operations, including airstrikes, against the extremist group al-Shabab. Aid agencies have expressed concern that the military moves could endanger the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the drought.  Somalia also confronts the worst outbreak of cholera in five years, with almost 690 deaths so far this year and cases expected to reach 50,000 by the end of June, the World Health Organisation said in a statement Thursday.  WHO added that if the current drought situation continues, “famine could soon be a reality.”  Charities working to stave off famine in Somalia are urging that the African country’s debts be cancelled.  Save the Children chief Keven Watkins said the African country “continues to drift toward an avoidable famine.” He called for “decisive action” including increased help from the World Bank.  Post a Comment More In InternationalUnited Nations Somalia drought   SPONSORED STORIES  Can a long term investor improve their return by investing in mid/ small caps?hi

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