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Group of Seven leaders meeting in Taormina, Sicily, this week should take the lead in fighting famine and immediately fund nearly half ($2.9 billion) of the UN’s urgent appeal to avoid catastrophic hunger and more deaths, urged Oxfam today. Without an immediate and sweeping response, this crisis will spiral out of control.
Further delay will cost more lives.
A natural spring situated 6km south of Fadigaab village, Somaliland. People in Fadigaab say they haven't had a full rainy season for almost four years. Photo: Petterik Wiggers/Oxfam.
In Somaliland, the threat of famine looms large. Drought has forced hundreds of thousands out of their homes in search of food, water, and medicine. These are their stories.
The world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines in 2017.
Today, the world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines.
Twenty million people are at risk of starvation in South Sudan - where famine has already been declared - Somalia, Yemen and Northern Nigeria.
The world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines in 2017 due to a catastrophic failure of the global community to uphold its obligations to the most vulnerable of people. Oxfam today calls on donors to take immediate action to help as many as 20 million people now at risk of starvation.
We must not turn away from the fact that Somalia is in crisis. Just this month we have seen the latest of several warnings that underperforming rains, displacement and ongoing conflict will result in food shortages and increased suffering.
For two decades, Somali people have endured conflict and famine. Their suffering is often all the world sees. Yet, that picture is incomplete.
Here we present Oxfam's position on Somalia famine, explaining that the situation in Somalia is a “triple failure” of food production, food access and response. Crop failure and poverty leave people vulnerable to starvation – but famine only occurs with political failure. In Somalia years of internal violence and conflict has been highly significant in creating the conditions for famine.