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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Somalia - An agonising choice

Reuters- MOGADISHU/BAIDOA, Somalia - Somali mothers are facing an agonising choice over how to divide their shrinking food supply among hungry children as a devastating drought kills off livestock and leaves the Horn of Africa nation facing the possibility of famine.

"If there's a very small amount of food, we give it to those who need it the most — the youngest," said Fatuma Abdille, who arrived in the capital of Mogadishu two weeks ago with her seven children after the family's herd of goats perished from hunger.




The drought has shriveled grass and dried up water holes. In Bay, a key agricultural region, the UN says the harvest has dropped by more than 40 per cent.

The UN has warned that the country risks a repeat of the 2011 famine that killed around 260,000 people.

Mohamed Ali, 50, came to the central city of Baidoa with his seven children. He said he and his wife were getting weaker as they gave the children their share of food.

"We let the children eat first and then we follow but most of the time there's nothing left because the food is not enough," he told Reuters in a makeshift camp where families had stretched material over sticks and wire.

Ms Abdille, the mother in the capital, said she watched her nine-year-old son give his younger siblings his portion of food with mixed feelings of sadness and pride.

"He is making a sacrifice," she said, gesturing to the solemn boy beside her. "I feel proud."


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