After a UN report warned “a process of ethnic cleansing was under way” in South Sudan and famine was declared in Unity State, refugees have described the horrors that forced hundreds of thousands of women and children to flee to sanctuary in Uganda.
Workers at Save the Children-supported health clinics and hospitals in Puntland – one of the areas hardest hit by drought in Somalia – are seeing a significant increase in severe malnutrition cases among children coming through their doors.
Tens of thousands of families are abandoning their homes across drought-stricken Somalia in search of food, water and viable grazing land amid alarming indications of the breadth of the food crisis gripping the nation.
Local government authorities and Save the Children field offices are reporting that hundreds of trucks a day have been arriving in the coastal regions of Puntland over the last six weeks carrying families and their livestock from as far as Somaliland, simply because they have heard there had been some fleeting rain just before Christmas.
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