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Somalia: a humanitarian snapshot

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 14 Jul 2011 13:04 GMT
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LONDON (AlertNet) - The humanitarian situation in Somalia is the worst it has been in the past 10 years due to a combination of drought, rising food prices and conflict, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs  (OCHA) says.


Here's a snapshot of the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa country:


* 2.85 million Somalis require urgent aid -- that's one in three people

* At least one in three children are malnourished in parts of southern Somalia

* More than 460 Somali children have died in nutrition centres in Somalia between January and May this year

* Malnutrition rates among new arrivals in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya range between 30 and 40 percent

* As of late June, 60,200 Somalis were registered in Kenya this year -- a more than 100 percent increase compared with the same period last year

* Life expectancy is 50.4 years, according to the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP)

* Women dying in childbirth: 1,000 per 100,000 live births reported, according to UNICEF

* One in 10 Somali children dies before their first birthday

* Primary school enrolment rate is 23 percent

* Average HIV prevalence level estimated at 0.5 percent of the population aged 15 to 49

* Percentage of people with access to safe, clean water: 29 percent


Sources: OCHA, UNICEF, UNDP     

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