UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made an emergency visit to Somalia Tuesday, and called for a massive response to help 5 million people faced by drought .
Guterres is currently in Kenya where he has also appealed to the international community to step in to help 3 million people faced by starvation.
This is as President Uhuru Kenyatta once again announced his government’s plans to close the Dadaab refugee camp.
Guterres will be visiting the camp on Thursday.
Purity Mwambia reports that faces of desperate, and hungry people, malnourished and sick children who are now suffering from an outbreak of cholera in Somalia welcomed the UN secretary General Antonia Gutteres on his first field day as the UN Chief, this is the situation faced by 5 million people in Somalia, a situation that Gutteres says is hard to describe.
Byte ….this cannot be described in one word
110 people have starved to death and those surviving had to walk hundreds of kilometers in search of food but that help seems to be too slow in coming.
The United Nations had appealed for$ 825 million dollars in January but so far it has received only $150 million dollars, Gutteres journey is aimed at raising awareness so that the international community and AID organizations can see the desperate situation and shift their focus to Somalia
But that is not help that Somalia needs, the East African country has just started rebuilding itself after decades of war and it requires assistance to fight terrorism which is one of its major problems
From Somalia Gutteres visited yet another East African country, Kenya that has been affected by war in Somalia. Kenya is home to 400,000 refugees who have been fleeing Somalia and for some time now it has been planning their repatriation and closure of the camp.
But Kenya is hit hard by drought and 3 million people are in urgent need of food, the country declared a national disaster last month and appealed for aid for the international community.