The military offensive in southern and central Somalia, which began in early March by the Somali National Armed Forces (SNAF) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) slowed down with the start of the seasonal rains. According to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, about 73,000 people have moved due to the offensive, including 21,000 unverified movements in Hiraan region. Aid agencies have been supporting people where they can and continue to organize rapid assessments in newly accessible areas to determine urgent humanitarian needs among affected people
In addition, about 2.9 million people across the country still need immediate life-saving or livelihood support. One in seven children under the age of five, or 203,000 children, are estimated to be acutely malnourished. More than 50,000 of these children are severely malnourished and are at risk of death. Poor basic social services continue to undermine the resilience and coping mechanisms of the vulnerable people.
With only 15 per cent (US$143 million) of the Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) requirements received, humanitarians need urgent and sustained funding to save lives and strengthen the resilience to shocks of the vulnerable people.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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