Somalia Drought and South Sudan Famine Emergency Response

“(The righteous are those) who feed the poor, the orphan and the captive for the love of God, saying: ‘We feed you for the sake of God Alone; we seek from you neither reward nor thanks.’” – The Holy Quran, 76:8-9

United Muslim Relief is launching an emergency relief force to get immediate help to the people of Somalia and South Sudan. Five million people are already in need of humanitarian assistance.

Somalis and South Sudanese families are in need of food, clean water, and shelter. Four out of 10 people are in struggling to survive. 

The sparse rainfall and fighting between militants are the main causes for the deprivation of the crop harvests and livestock herds, putting millions of lives at risk. UMR plans to provide life-saving assistance to families by sending family assistance packages for $150. Each care pack includes clean drinking water, food, and hygiene kits. Our aim is to reduce malnutrition, protect the thousands of displaced families and restore their dignity. 

“Immediate support is required to prevent a significant deterioration of the humanitarian situation,”-Peter de Clercq U.N. humanitarian coordinator. 


UMR is responding to the famine in Somalia and South Sudan from a holistic approach. During a famine, one of the most impacted segments of society are children. According to UNICEF, almost 1.4 million children are at risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine continues in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. 

Donate now to help UMR ensure immediate lifesaving action for the families of Somalia and South Sudan. 

Somalia Drought Emergency Response

Somalia:

  • 6.2 million people, are facing acute food insecurity and in need of humanitarian assistance.
  • 185,000 children are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year,  this figure is expected to rise to 270,000 in the next few months.

South Sudan:

  • 270,000 children are severely malnourished. 
  • The total number of food insecure people across the country is expected to rise from 4.9 million to 5.5 million in the next few months.

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Nearly 1.4 million children at imminent risk of death as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen – UNICEF

On 5 February, a woman plays with her 2-year-old son, Kuot Kune, at the UNICEF-supported Al-Shabbah Children’s Hospital, where Kuot is being treated for severe acute malnutrition, in Juba, the capital.

NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 21 February 2017 – Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.

“Time is running out for more than a million children,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We can still save many lives. The severe malnutrition and looming famine are largely man-made. Our common humanity demands faster action. We must not repeat the tragedy of the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa.”

In northeast Nigeria, the number of children with severe acute malnutrition is expected to reach 450,000 this year in the conflict-affected states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobi. Fews Net, the famine early warning system that monitors food insecurity, said late last year that famine likely occurred in some previously inaccessible areas of Borno states, and that it is likely ongoing, and will continue, in other areas which remain beyond humanitarian reach.

In Somalia, drought conditions are threatening an already fragile population battered by decades of conflict. Almost half the population, or 6.2 million people, are facing acute food insecurity and in need of humanitarian assistance. Some 185,000 children are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year, however this figure is expected to rise to 270,000 in the next few months.

In South Sudan, a country reeling from conflict, poverty and insecurity, over 270,000 children are severely malnourished. Famine has just recently been declared in parts of Unity State in the northern central part of the country, where 20,000 children live. The total number of food insecure people across the country is expected to rise from 4.9 million to 5.5 million at the height of the lean season in July if nothing is done to curb the severity and spread of the food crisis.

And in Yemen, where a conflict has been raging for the past two years, 462,000 children are currently suffering from severe acute malnutrition – a nearly 200 per cent increase since 2014.

This year, UNICEF is working with partners to provide therapeutic treatment to 220,000 severely malnourished children in Nigeria, over 200,000 severely malnourished children in South Sudan, more than 200,000 severely malnourished children in Somalia, and 320,000 children in Yemen.

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