World

Ukrainian war: ‘Mass deaths’ of children if no global aid as conflict exacerbates worst drought in 40 years | World news

UNICEF has told Sky News that there will be a mass death of children in the Horn of Africa without international help, as the worst drought in 40 years is exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.

“Statistics show that the level of malnutrition among children is higher than the 2011 famine,” said Jamal Abdi Sarman, who works for the United Nations Children’s Charity.

“This may indicate a looming famine in the near future. If an intervention does not happen as expected, and quickly, we will inevitably witness the massive deaths of children in the coming months.”

‘Knockout blow comes’ in war – last Ukraine

Image:
Women gather outside the cage of a seriously ill baby and mother

The horrific prediction was confirmed by what Sky News witnessed in the arid hinterland of the self-proclaimed republic east of Berbera.

In hard empty villages, people know what is coming.

We traveled inland for two hours, crossing out of dry river beds and along one abandoned house after another.

In the village of Geyodadheer, two of the three wells have run dry and half of their people are unable to support themselves after the death of their livestock.

At the last well left, herds came to water their animals. Even these forty desert animals suffer, they said, in these extreme conditions.

“The drought is bad,” said one, “but worse is on the way.”

Read more: Russian blockade of Ukraine’s ports could turn food crisis into disaster

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

‘The worst drought in a generation’

There is no doubt about that. Temperatures have not yet reached their summer zenith, and the rain seems to be failing for a fourth year in a row.

Somaliland, the “self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Somaliland”is a warm, dry African country.

It expects drought, but also expects years of rest. In the bad years, people leave villages and come to camps in hopes of getting fed, and then return when the rains return.

But the rain has not returned for four years now.

Shepherds feed their camels water from the only remaining well in the area, where they say it will soon run dry.
Image:
Shepherds feed their camels water from the only remaining working well in the area

Outside one village we met the governor of the region, Ahmed Mohamed.

The outside world needs to send help, food and water, he told us, but he said that the war in Ukraine also made things worse.

Follow the Daily PodcastApple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify,Cracks

At Somalia’s main mill they come from grain. Ninety percent of the country’s grain comes from Russia and Ukraine. They have not had a shipment for three months.

The four silos should be full, but only one and a half have grain.

Manager Tarek Saif told Sky News that he can not sleep at night, he is so worried about their workforce and the people of Somaliland.

If the mill stops production, the republic loses its main source of bread.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Why the grain of Ukraine is so important

War and drought are now haunting Somalia and the entire Horn of Africa, threatening a humanitarian catastrophe.

UNICEF’s Jamal Abdi Sarman told Sky News that there was an urgent need for international intervention: “So far, UNICEF has doubled its emergency call to $ 250 million and only 20% of that figure has been funded.”

Aid agencies say declaring a famine can only be a matter of time if it is no longer done.

In 2011, a quarter of a million children under the age of five died. The world must now act to prevent a catastrophe from recurring on a similar scale.

Ukrainian war: ‘Mass deaths’ of children if no global aid as conflict exacerbates worst drought in 40 years | World news

Source link Ukrainian war: ‘Mass deaths’ of children if no global aid as conflict exacerbates worst drought in 40 years | World news

Back to top button