Publication Date February 8, 2016

Somalia drought leaves 50,000 children 'facing death'

Some 260,000 people died in Somalia as a result of a drought earlier this decade. Photo: AFP

A stark warning issued by the UN's humanitarian office, Ocha, said the malnutrition situation is "alarming". It added that nearly one million Somalis, one in 12 of the population, "struggle... to meet their food needs". The drought in Somalia has been partly caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon which has affected east and southern Africa.