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Drought and Conflict in Somalia by City Tech Blogger Yocelyne Portillo

Past and recent reports have demonstrated that Somalia has had a big issue with conflict and drought. Droughts have become such a big problem that thousands of people have been displaced from their homes because of them. There are around 12.3 million people living in Somalia and 6.2 million of that population are in deep need. Some people are suffering from hunger due to drought. Most of Somalia has regions under crisis, some in stress and others in emergency. This past October, around 1,137,235 people were moved out of their home regions because of droughts. Aside from these issues more health issues including diseases and death are occurring. It was estimated that there were around 77,783 cases of diarrhea affecting the population. Another part of the population had 1,159 deaths across Somalia.

There are so many people suffering from this situation that some people believe famine will soon occur. This is such a big crisis that Humanitarians in Somalia have raised around 1.2 billion dollars as precaution to prevent a famine from actually happening. To assist in the drought issue, there has been around 18.79 million USD to confront this issue. Humanitarians have also assisted Somalis with 249,691,940 liters of clean water for 594,594 people in need. There are around 415,031 health consultants available to the Somali population with 7,050 medical materials to assist the population.

The Somali drought is just a small problem caused by global climate change. The real problem is trying to fight it or even adapting to it. The large existing population in places like Somalia makes it more difficult to fight climate change. There are too many countries suffering from conditions like these in Somalia with too much of a big population to assist them all. However, with the help of people like Humanitarians or IOM of Somalia, it makes it easier to survive the changes. It is up to us to find ways to lower climate change effects on a global scale..

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  1. Thank you for sharing. You do a good job of portraying how drought is not a singular problem, but one that leads to many others as well. You talk about public health problems, such as diarrhea outbreaks, and famine, in response to drought. I also like how you treat Somalia as one of many countries with a similar issue (those countries with famine with large population sizes) because it is a more global perspective.

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