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[gallery ids="https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SSR6671.jpg|A young woman and her new born displaced by the severe drought.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SSR6300.jpg|Two young men returning to their village after a round trip of forty kilometers to find and collect water.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SEB8214.jpg|Girl in Somalia.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SSR6108.jpg|Elderly man with one of his many dead goats (lack of water).,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SEB8241.jpg|Malnourished child being fed with a syringe.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SSR6141-copy.jpg|Family pass one of their dead goats as they look for water.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SEB8175.jpg|Young girl with her mother visits a UNICEF 'walk in ' clinic.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SEB8076.jpg|Elderly woman displaced by drought.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SEB8039.jpg|Women walk for miles in search of water.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SEB8001.jpg|Born into drought.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SEB7981.jpg|The searing heat creates a huge dust devil that whips up the dry land causing misery as it cuts a swathe thru a small village.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SEB7993.jpg|Portrait of a young woman in a maternity ward."] On March 31, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq launched a call for aid, seeking $105 million to provide life-saving assistance to nearly two million people affected by the severe drought in Somaliland and Puntland. Mr. de Clercq warned that we have reached a critical point, and the situation will only deteriorate if the rains continue to fail in the next months and if we fail to respond to the suffering now. The drought has put a direct constraint on agro-pastoral communities – approximately three-quarters of Somaliland and Puntland’s population. In some areas in the north, almost 90 per cent of crops have failed. Acute water and pasture shortages have weakened animals, making them more susceptible to disease. If communities continue to lose or sell productive assets such as livestock, they will lose the means to the support their children and themselves. Nearly 100,000 children under age 5 are acutely malnourished. Malnutrition-related deaths have been reported in some areas, such as Awdal region bordering Ethiopia. Award-winning senior photographer, Sebastian Rich was recently in Somalia on assignment for UNICEF. You may find additional photography on his website at www.sebastianrichphotography.com.

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Sebastian Rich
:
Sebastian Rich is Senior Contributing Photographer at Diplomatic Courier. Sebastian has been a photographer/cameraman in hard news, documentary and current affairs for over thirty years.
The views presented in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of any other organization.

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Drought in Somalia

Girl in Somalia.
June 14, 2016

[gallery ids="https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SSR6671.jpg|A young woman and her new born displaced by the severe drought.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SSR6300.jpg|Two young men returning to their village after a round trip of forty kilometers to find and collect water.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SEB8214.jpg|Girl in Somalia.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SSR6108.jpg|Elderly man with one of his many dead goats (lack of water).,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SEB8241.jpg|Malnourished child being fed with a syringe.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SSR6141-copy.jpg|Family pass one of their dead goats as they look for water.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SEB8175.jpg|Young girl with her mother visits a UNICEF 'walk in ' clinic.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SEB8076.jpg|Elderly woman displaced by drought.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SEB8039.jpg|Women walk for miles in search of water.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SEB8001.jpg|Born into drought.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SEB7981.jpg|The searing heat creates a huge dust devil that whips up the dry land causing misery as it cuts a swathe thru a small village.,https://www.diplomaticourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SEB7993.jpg|Portrait of a young woman in a maternity ward."] On March 31, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq launched a call for aid, seeking $105 million to provide life-saving assistance to nearly two million people affected by the severe drought in Somaliland and Puntland. Mr. de Clercq warned that we have reached a critical point, and the situation will only deteriorate if the rains continue to fail in the next months and if we fail to respond to the suffering now. The drought has put a direct constraint on agro-pastoral communities – approximately three-quarters of Somaliland and Puntland’s population. In some areas in the north, almost 90 per cent of crops have failed. Acute water and pasture shortages have weakened animals, making them more susceptible to disease. If communities continue to lose or sell productive assets such as livestock, they will lose the means to the support their children and themselves. Nearly 100,000 children under age 5 are acutely malnourished. Malnutrition-related deaths have been reported in some areas, such as Awdal region bordering Ethiopia. Award-winning senior photographer, Sebastian Rich was recently in Somalia on assignment for UNICEF. You may find additional photography on his website at www.sebastianrichphotography.com.

About
Sebastian Rich
:
Sebastian Rich is Senior Contributing Photographer at Diplomatic Courier. Sebastian has been a photographer/cameraman in hard news, documentary and current affairs for over thirty years.
The views presented in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of any other organization.