Somalia

UNICEF Somalia Weekly Situation Report #8, 1 - 8 September 2011 – Famine in Southern Somalia

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HIGHLIGHTS

 Famine has now been declared on 3 September in the Bay region of Somalia, bringing the number of affected areas to six.

 4 million people, more than half of the Somali population, are in crisis countrywide – an increase from 3.7 million people in July.

 In the south, 1.5 million children are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance, out of a total 3 million people in need in the south, which is controlled primarily by Al Shabab.

 750,000 people are at risk of death in the coming four months unless extraordinary measures can be taken to reach inaccessible populations. Limitations on humanitarian access continue to curtail the humanitarian response.

 The average global acute malnutrition (GAM) rate in the south is 36%. In Bay region, GAM rate is highest at 58%, nearly four times the WHO emergency threshold of 15%.

 A total of 16,162 HH (about 97,000 people) in Lower Shabelle and Bay regions have received a monthly food ration through blanket supplementary feeding and 17,463 HHs (104,778 people of which 15,500 were children under the age of five) have benefited from the wet feeding programme at three transit sites.