Some 5.2 million people, including more than three million children, are in need of humanitarian assistance in Somalia, where it is warned of the “triple threat” of flooding, grasshopper plague and the coronavirus pandemic. Thursday the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
“Somalia is one of the most fragile nations in the world. It is a country that has experienced decades of conflict, cyclical droughts and flooding,” said Jesper Möller, UNICEF’s deputy in the country.
“To worsen the situation, the grasshopper invasion and the COVID-19 pandemic mean that the international community must act quickly to save the lives of millions of Somali families, especially the most vulnerable children.” urged in a statement.
UNICEF recalled that “children are often the hidden victims of an emergency” and “most susceptible to waterborne diseases due to flooding and severe malnutrition”.